Anderson

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Anderson

"Anderson" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of Andrew". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  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)
Wiktionary

Originally a patronymic, Anders (a Middle English variant of Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland) +‎ -son.

  • In the US adopted by immigrants originally named Andersen or Andersson.
  1. A common Scottish and northern English surname​.
  2. Any of a number of places in the English-speaking world named after persons with the surname, including cities in Indiana and South Carolina.

Notable Persons Named Anderson

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How popular is the baby name Anderson in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 43 0 43
1881 40 0 40
1882 58 0 58
1883 38 0 38
1884 48 0 48
1885 42 0 42
1886 34 0 34
1887 39 0 39
1888 46 0 46
1889 42 0 42
1890 59 0 59
1891 30 0 30
1892 44 0 44
1893 46 0 46
1894 50 0 50
1895 31 0 31
1896 39 0 39
1897 46 0 46
1898 43 0 43
1899 27 0 27
1900 56 0 56
1901 26 0 26
1902 37 0 37
1903 30 0 30
1904 49 0 49
1905 45 0 45
1906 46 0 46
1907 30 0 30
1908 45 0 45
1909 50 0 50
1910 52 0 52
1911 56 0 56
1912 85 0 85
1913 90 0 90
1914 110 0 110
1915 121 0 121
1916 135 0 135
1917 128 0 128
1918 134 0 134
1919 147 0 147
1920 180 0 180
1921 129 0 129
1922 142 0 142
1923 149 0 149
1924 138 0 138
1925 128 0 128
1926 143 0 143
1927 129 0 129
1928 128 0 128
1929 103 0 103
1930 122 0 122
1931 99 0 99
1932 91 0 91
1933 105 0 105
1934 93 0 93
1935 85 0 85
1936 106 0 106
1937 85 0 85
1938 93 0 93
1939 102 0 102
1940 100 0 100
1941 96 0 96
1942 113 0 113
1943 101 0 101
1944 91 0 91
1945 96 0 96
1946 105 5 100
1947 118 0 118
1948 96 0 96
1949 115 0 115
1950 109 0 109
1951 102 0 102
1952 99 0 99
1953 114 0 114
1954 118 0 118
1955 100 0 100
1956 97 0 97
1957 104 0 104
1958 96 0 96
1959 95 0 95
1960 83 0 83
1961 94 0 94
1962 81 0 81
1963 59 0 59
1964 81 0 81
1965 80 0 80
1966 72 0 72
1967 77 0 77
1968 52 0 52
1969 71 0 71
1970 75 0 75
1971 82 0 82
1972 76 0 76
1973 74 0 74
1974 67 0 67
1975 65 0 65
1976 75 0 75
1977 70 0 70
1978 81 0 81
1979 72 0 72
1980 81 0 81
1981 71 0 71
1982 99 8 91
1983 87 0 87
1984 81 0 81
1985 97 0 97
1986 91 0 91
1987 91 0 91
1988 108 0 108
1989 119 7 112
1990 136 0 136
1991 156 0 156
1992 165 9 156
1993 154 11 143
1994 180 10 170
1995 172 12 160
1996 197 19 178
1997 196 17 179
1998 184 18 166
1999 223 15 208
2000 222 11 211
2001 245 16 229
2002 299 18 281
2003 355 15 340
2004 399 29 370
2005 516 21 495
2006 776 22 754
2007 965 39 926
2008 1,055 38 1,017
2009 1,167 25 1,142
2010 1,060 40 1,020
2011 1,193 49 1,144
2012 1,293 45 1,248
2013 1,187 36 1,151
2014 1,211 51 1,160
2015 1,258 74 1,184
2016 1,220 62 1,158
2017 1,274 84 1,190

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Popularity of Anderson as a first name

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Popularity of Anderson as a last name

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Common last names for Anderson

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Taylor
  • Walker
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Lewis
  • Green
  • Washington
  • Martin
  • Scott

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

  • What name lists does Anderson rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Anderson? Anderson is the 1,467th most popular name of all time. As a last name Anderson was the 15th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Anderson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 26,602 babies born with the first name Anderson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Anderson to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Random Anderson Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Anderson ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 15 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Anderson: Your name in reverse order is Nosredna. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Naderosn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Anderson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 784,404 people with the last name Anderson.
  • 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!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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