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

Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Manderson. It comes from the personal name Magnus, which is derived from the Latin word magnus, which means great. This name was popular among the Norsemen and was borrowed in honor of Charlemagne, who was known as Carolus Magnus in Latin.


Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Manderson has appeared Manson, Manseon, Mansson, Mainson, Monson, Mansoun, Magnuson and many more.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Manderson research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1450, 1658, 1620 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Manderson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Manderson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Manderson family came to North America quite early:

Manderson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Manderson, who landed in America in 1805
  • Ella Manderson, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Selma Manderson, aged 22, who landed in America from Malmo, in 1899

Manderson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Ruby Manderson, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Ethel Manderson, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909
  • Clara Manderson, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Edward W. Manderson, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Sarah Manderson, aged 41, who emigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1909


  • Charles Frederick Manderson (1837-1911), United States Senator from Nebraska
  • Bert Manderson (1893-1946), Northern Irish footballer
  • Tobias Alexander Edward Manderson (b. 1984), Australian actor, satirist, performance poet, dadaist and playwright
  • Robert Manderson (b. 1962), professional Australian rules footballer


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Meae menor originis
Motto Translation: Mindful of my origin.


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The Manderson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Manderson 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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