Last name: Anderson

This interesting surname is of English and Scottish origin, and is a patronymic of the surname Andrew, which is derived from the personal name from the Greek "Andreas", a derivative of "andreios", manly, from "aner", man, male. This was the name of the first of Jesus Christ's disciples, and it is also the name of the patron saint of both Scotland and Russia. The personal name was first recorded as "Andreas" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and the surname was first recorded in Scotland with one John Andree, who was present at the perambulation of the boundaries of Kyrknes and Louchor in 1395. The modern surname can be found as Andrew(e)s, Andress, Andriss, Anderson, Enderson, McAndrew and Kendrew. One William Anderson was an early settler in America, setting sail from London on the "Alexander" bound for the Barbadoes in May 1635. Among the recordings in London is the christening of Neal, son of Erasmus and Mary Anderson, on March 19th 1698, at St. Katherine by the Tower. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rogerus Andreweson, which was dated 1272, in the "Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Len Banner
anderson is the original name of my fathers family who came to america from sweden in the 1800s, they changed the family name to Banner because they thought it sounded more american, otherwise I would be an anderson today.

Ulf Söderström
There are 250 000 ppl with the surname Andersson in Sweden, out of a population of 9 millions.

Interesting. It seems that Andersons group together. Where ever there is one, there are many :)

Kathy Anderson
My father's great-grandparents were all Anderssons in Sweden, but when one of them came from Sweden he changed his name to Linman. Two generations later, my Linman grandmother married an Anderson in Minnesota.

Leif Anderson

My Grand fathers name was Anderson Lingren but when he came from Sweden He believe that his name was to Swedish and wanted to fit in. Although his accent was very thick he left New York and went to Wisconsin where he stayed with a Swedish settlement. What I understand he wanted to see Texas so he ended up moving to there and changed his name to Lingren Anderson so he wouldnt sound so Swedish LOL

Paul Andrew Anderson

I actually found this site and page a few years back but never made a comment until now. I just thought it was a bit humorous that I was middle named after my maternal grandfather (Andrew Parker), with my father being an Anderson. My parents did not know that they both come from the same root word; perhaps since we English-speakers are so phonetic.

My grandfather on my mother's side is from the Anderson family (from his biological father). I think his ancestry is more Scottish than Swedish. I always told that my great grandfather was Scottish and the family motto was Stand Sure (though my great grandfather spelt it as Andrews though his parents spelt it as Anderson) and my great grandmother was Dutch (she actually game from Holland). They lived in the Michigan area.

My grand dad on my mom side of my family is also a Anderson he was a sheriff in Mississippi.

Lucas Anderson
it is strange knowing my last name bore such rich history I have always took it for granted until now, my middle name William is a popular first name among us, I wonder if my parents knew this? or if it was just fate...

I've been looking for information on my grandmother. Other than marriage a few census and her death she doesn't exist. I believe her father was John and mother Amelia, I'm not sure if she was born in Sweden or if they all came over from Sweden. Can anyone point me in a direction? Thanks so much, Cindy

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