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Sanders Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and North German: patronymic from Sander 1.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Sander, Saunders, Manders, Sanderson, Zanders, Anders, Gander, Lander

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Where is the Sanders family from?

You can see how Sanders families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sanders family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sanders families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,029 Sanders families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Sanders's in the UK. London had the highest population of Sanders families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sanders surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sanders ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Sanders. 6% of Sanders men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Sanders women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sanders were Retired and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Farmer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Retired
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 67,000 immigration records available for the last name Sanders. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 176,000 military records available for the last name Sanders. For the veterans among your Sanders ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sanders lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Sanders life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sanders in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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