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Origin and popularity of the name ANDERSON


Anderson : 1: Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Ander(s) a northern Middle English form of Andrew + son ‘son’. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable at least in part to the fact that Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain Saint Regulus. In North America this surname has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding surnames in other languages notably Scandinavian (see 3 and 4 below) but also Ukrainian Andreychenko etc.2: German: patronymic from the personal name Anders hence a cognate of 1 above.3: Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Andersson a cognate of 1 above.4: Americanized form of Norwegian Danish and North German Andersen or Anderssen cognates of 1 above.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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