Anderson name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Anderson mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Anderson

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Michigan, U.S., the name Anderson is of Scottish origin and means "Son of Andrew, the patron Saint of Scotland".
  2. A user from New York, U.S. says the name Anderson means "Son of andrew".
  3. A submission from Utah, U.S. says the name Anderson means "Son of Ander" and is of Norwegian origin.
  4. A submission from Nigeria says the name Anderson means "The name Anderson means a leader that protect a nation & family" and is of Nigerian origin.
  5. A submission from Texas, U.S. says the name Anderson means "Leadership your can count on them kind perfect" and is of African origin.
  6. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Anderson is of English origin and means "God".
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  1. United States physicist who discovered antimatter in the form of an antielectron that is called the positron (1905-1991)
  2. United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902-1993)
  3. United States dramatist (1888-1959)
  4. United States physicist who studied the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems (1923-)
  5. United States author whose works were frequently autobiographical (1876-1941)

Middle English Anders (“Andrew”) +‎ -son, after Saint Andrew, patron saint of Scotland. In the United States, sometimes an anglicization of Danish and Norwegian Andersen or Swedish Andersson.

  1. A Scottish patronymic surname​.
  2. A river in British Columbia, Canada; flowing from near the Coquihalla Pass into the Fraser River near Boston Bar; named for fur trader James Anderson.
  3. A river in the Northwest Territories, Canada; flowing 692 km from Colville Lake into the Beaufort Sea, probably named for fur trader Alexander Caulfield Anderson.
  4. A river in Indiana, United States; flowing 80 km from near Eckerty into the Ohio at Troy.
  5. A locality in Victoria, Australia; named for early settlers Samuel, Hugh and Thomas Anderson.
  6. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city, the county seat of Madison County, Indiana; named for Lenape Chief William Anderson.
    2. A city, the county seat of Anderson County, South Carolina; named for Revolutionary War officer Robert Anderson.
    3. A city in Shasta County, California; named for landowner Elias Anderson.
    4. A city in Missouri; named for local merchant Robert Anderson.
    5. A town in Burnett County, Wisconsin.
    6. A census-designated place in New Jersey.
    7. A town in Lauderdale County, Alabama; named for local gristmill operator Samuel Anderson.
    8. A city in Alaska; named for homesteader Arthur Anderson.
    9. A town, the county seat of Grimes County, Texas; named for Kenneth Lewis Anderson, 4th Vice President of the Republic of Texas.
    10. A town in Iron County, Wisconsin.
    11. An unincorporated community in Etowah County, Alabama.
    12. An unincorporated community in Arkansas.
    13. An unincorporated community in Cass County, Illinois.
    14. An unincorporated community in Macoupin County, Illinois.
    15. An unincorporated community in Ohio.
    16. An unincorporated community in Rock County, Wisconsin.
    17. A former settlement in Mendocino County, California; named for early settler Walter Anderson.

From earlier Anderston, from Middle English Andreuston, equivalent to Andrew +‎ -s- +‎ -ton.

  1. A village in Dorset, England.

    Notable Persons Named Anderson

    Notable Persons Named Anderson

    Anderson Cooper

    Anderson Cooper is a broadcast journalist, author, talk show host, and game show host. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Anderson was given the name Anderson Hays Cooper by his parents Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper on June 3rd, 1967 in New York City, New York, U.S.

    Anderson Silva

    Anderson Silva is a martial artist. Anderson was born on April 14th, 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil.

    Anderson Paak

    Anderson Paak is a hip hop, rhythm, blues, and soul music musician. Anderson was given the name Brandon Paak Anderson on February 8th, 1986 in Oxnard, California, U.S. Anderson is also known as Breezy Lovejoy, Anderson, and Brandon Paak.

    Anderson Varejão

    Anderson Varejão is a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, Franca Basquetebol Clube, FC Barcelona, and Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Anderson was born on September 28th, 1982 in Colatina.

    Anderson Luís de Souza

    Anderson Luís de Souza is a soccer player for the Nacional Atlético Clube (SP), Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Centro Sportivo Alagoano, S.L. Benfica, F.C. Alverca, S.C. Salgueiros, FC Porto, FC Barcelona, Chelsea F.C., Fluminense FC, and Portugal national football team. Anderson was born on August 27th, 1977 in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.

    Anderson East

    Anderson East is a rhythm, blues, and pop music musician. He has been prominent since 2009. Anderson was given the name Michael Cameron Anderson on July 17th, 1987 in Athens, Alabama. Anderson is also known as Anderson and Mike.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Anderson

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Anderson

    Gillian Anderson

    Gillian Anderson is an actress, activist, writer, producer, and director. She was most prominent from 1986 to present. Gillian was born on August 9th, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Wes Anderson

    Wes Anderson is a film director, film producer screenwriter, and actor. He has been prominent since 1994. Wes was given the name Wesley Wales Anderson on May 1st, 1969 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

    Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Stone Cold Steve Austin is a professional wrestler, actor, producer, and professional wrestling. He was most active from 1989 to 2003. Stone was given the name Steven James Anderson on December 18th, 1964 in Austin, Texas.

    Pamela Anderson

    Pamela Anderson is an actress, model, television producer, activist, author, and model (people). She has been prominent since 1989. Pamela was given the name Pamela Denise Anderson on July 1st, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada. Pamela is also known as Pamela Anderson Lee and Pam Anderson.

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Paul Thomas Anderson is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and film producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1988. Paul was born Paul Thomas Anderson on June 26th, 1970 in Studio City, Los Angeles. Paul is also known as P.T.A. and P.T. Anderson.

    Big Sean

    Big Sean is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Big was given the name Sean Michael Leonard Anderson on March 25th, 1988 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

    • Anderson Paak
    • Joni Mitchell
    • Richard Dean Anderson
    • Michael Kors
      Fashion Designer
    • Paul W. S. Anderson
      Film Director
    • Adam West
    • Anthony Anderson
    • Jon Anderson
    • Sean Kingston
    • Karl Anderson
    • Melissa Sue Anderson
    • Loni Anderson
    • Ian Anderson
    • Anna Anderson

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Anderson U.S.
      White 75.17% 64.26%
      African American 18.93% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.11% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Anderson

    People with the last name Anderson are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Anderson

  1. What name lists does Anderson rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Anderson? Anderson is the 1,439th most popular name of all time. As a last name Anderson was the 15th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Anderson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28,988 babies born with the first name Anderson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Anderson to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Anderson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 43 new born babies.
  5. When was Anderson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Anderson is Tuesday, March 7th, 1865.
  6. What year had the most people named Anderson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Anderson was in 2012 with a total of 1,248 babies. That's a lot of babies named Anderson!
  7. Random Anderson Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Anderson ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 13 babies in District of Columbia have the same name in 2010.
  8. Weird things about the name Anderson: The name spelled backwards is Nosredna. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rnendosa. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Anderson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 784,404 people with the last name Anderson.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Anderson? Anderson was ranked as the 15th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  11. Anderson name meaning

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