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Where did the German Sanders family come from? What is the German Sanders family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sanders family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sanders family history?

The distinguished German surname Sanders is of two possible origins. Firstly, the name may be derived from the personal name "Sanders," which is a diminutive of the popular Greek personal name "Alexander," meaning "protector." In this case, the surname would mean "son of Sanders." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the place name "Sand," the name of several towns in Germany. In this instance, the name would have been originally borne by someone hailing from one of these towns.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sanders, Zanders, Centers, Senders, Sander, Zander, Sender, Center, Senters and many more.

First found in the region of the Rhineland, where it is believed to have first emerged. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Heinrich Genannt (called) Sanders, who was a resident of Esslingen in 1283. The Sanders family was a major contributor during this early period, playing a major role in the development of the region's society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sanders research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1475 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Sanders History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sanders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sanders Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Lieutenant Sanders, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • David, George, Henry, Richard, and Alexander Sanders who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Allexander Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • David Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henery Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1623


Sanders Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Marsey Sanders, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Isaac Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Thos Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Debora Sanders, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • I John Sanders, aged 10, arrived in New York in 1724


Sanders Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Benj Sanders, aged 28, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • John Sanders, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Ths Sanders, aged 24, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839
  • Jacob Sanders, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Thomas Sanders, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841


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  • Harland "Colonel" Sanders (1890-1980), American founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant franchise
  • Carl Edward Sanders Sr. (b. 1925), American politician, Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia (1963-1967)
  • Terry Sanders (b. 1931), American Academy Award winning producer and directed
  • Barry Sanders (b. 1968), former American NFL football running back, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Pharoah Sanders (b. 1940), American Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist
  • Henry Russell "Red" Sanders (1905-1958), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996
  • George Douglas Sanders (b. 1933), American former professional PGA golfer
  • Brigadier-General Richard Condie Sanders (1915-1976), American Commanding General US Army Air Forces Personnel Distribution Command (1946-1950)
  • John Oswald Sanders (1902-1992), New Zealand general director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship in the 50's and 60's
  • John Derek Sanders (1933-2003), English Organist and Master of the Choristers, Gloucester Cathedral

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Simeon Saunders (also Sanders) by R.S. Sanders.
  • James & Alvin Sanders, Livestock Journalists of the Midwest by Richard Bryan Helmer.
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The Sanders Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sanders Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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