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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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The surname Sanders was 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.

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


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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 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 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 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


Sanders Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • George Sanders, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Sanders Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • S Sanders, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Sanders Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • A. F. Sanders, who settled in Saint John, NB in 1907
  • Mrs. Sanders, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • A F Sanders, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. E Sanders, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Sanders Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Sanders, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Sanders, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Sarah Sanders arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Isabella Sanders arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838
  • James Sanders arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838


Sanders Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jane Sanders, aged 48, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • W. H. C. Sanders, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Amelia Sanders, aged 15, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • John Sanders, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Henry Sanders, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860


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  • Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (b. 1941), American politician, Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1981-89; U.S. Representative from Vermont at-large, 1991, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election
  • Reuben Sanders (d. 1829), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Johnston County, 1818, 1825-27, 1829
  • Marlene Sanders (1931-2015), American Emmy Award winning female broadcasting pioneer, member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1998 to 2004
  • Charles Alvin "Charlie" Sanders (1946-2015), American NFL football player for the Detroit Lions (1968-1977), inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Brigadier-General Richard Condie Sanders (1915-1976), American Commanding General US Army Air Forces Personnel Distribution Command (1946-1950)
  • George Douglas Sanders (b. 1933), American former professional PGA golfer
  • Henry Russell "Red" Sanders (1905-1958), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Pharoah Sanders (b. 1940), American Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist
  • 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
  • Carl Edward Sanders Sr. (1925-2014), American politician, Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia (1963-1967)

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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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