Show ContentsAnders History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the ancestors of the Anders family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Anders comes from the baptismal name Andrew which in Greek means manly. The name was popular as both a personal name and a surname, likely because it was the name of Scotland's patron saint. In Gaelic the name is Aindrea and Anndra which again means manly.

Early Origins of the Anders family

The surname Anders was 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.

This family was strongly associated with the Clan Ross. It was originally known as the Clan Siol Andrea, meaning the race of Andrew. However, from about the year 1100 the Andrews moved south to the Dumfriesshire area of southwest Scotland. Duncan Andrew, Chief of the Clan, rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. [1]

Some of the family were found further south in England, specifically at Shotley in Northumberland where "Shotley Hall is said to have been built by Dr. Andrews, physician to the first royal Duke of Cumberland." [2]

Sir Edmund Andros (1637-1714) was born in London and rose to become an English colonial administrator in North America. The 1689 Boston revolt was directly attributed to his actions in New England.

Early History of the Anders family

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Anders Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Anders include Andrew, Andrews, MacAndrew, Androw, Androe, Andro and many more.

Early Notables of the Anders family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Alexander Andrew, Sergeant of Aberdeen; Phineas Andrews (ca. 1600-1661), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1661; and Sir Thomas Andrewes (died 1659), English financier, supporter of the parliamentary cause during the English Civil War, Commissioner at the High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I, Lord Mayor of London (1649-1650.) Laurence Andrewe (fl. 1510-1537), was a French translator and printer, a native of Calais and Thomas Andrewe (fl. 1604)...
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Anders Ranking

In the United States, the name Anders is the 2,414th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Anders family to Ireland

Some of the Anders family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Anders migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Anders:

Anders Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Anders, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1734 [4]
  • Baltzer Anders, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [4]
  • Georg Anders, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [4]
  • Michel Anders, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [4]
  • Joh Peter Anders, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Anders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Anders, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [4]
  • Georg Anders and his wife Johanna, who settled in Texas in 1854 with their four children
  • Ernst Fried Anders, who sailed from Bremen to New York with his family in 1854
  • Josef Anders, who arrived in New Orleans in 1871
  • Eliason Anders, who settled in Kansas in 1873

Canada Anders migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Anders Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Albert E Anders, who arrived in St John, Ncw Brunswick in 1907
  • Doris Anders, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. E Anders, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Frank Anders, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Anders (post 1700) +

  • William Alison "Bill" Anders (b. 1933), former NASA Astronaut, one of the first three persons to have left Earth orbit and traveled to the Moon aboard Apollo 8 [5]
  • Major Frank LaFayette Anders (1875-1966), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor in 1906 [6]
  • Allison Anders (b. 1954), American film and television director [7]
  • Carl David Anders (b. 1905), American physicist
  • Thomas Anders (b. 1963), German singer, composer and record producer [8]
  • Peter Anders (1908-1954), German operatic tenor [9]
  • Lieutenant-General Wladyslaw Anders (1892-1970), Polish officer awarded the Croix de Guerre in the Second World War [10]
  • Bjarne Anders Strand (b. 1946), Norwegian alpine skier who skied at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble
  • Per Anders Rudling (b. 1974), Swedish-American historian, an associate professor of the Department of History at Lund University
  • K. Anders Ericsson (1947-2020), Swedish psychologist and Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University

Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Mr. Ernst Rudolf Anders (1874-1937), German Tea Merchant, Co-owner Teekanne Co. from Dresden, Saxony, Germany, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and died in the Airship Fire [11]

The Anders Motto +

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: Victrix fortuna sapientia
Motto Translation: Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) William Anders. Retrieved from
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  10. World War 2 - ANDERS, Wladyslaw. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Wladyslaw Anders. Retrieved from
  11. Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook