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

On the Scottish west coast, the Anderson family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the given name Andrew. The given name Andrew is derived from the Greek name Andreas, which means man or manly.The first reference to the given name Andrew was a monk of Dunfermline, who later became the Bishop of Caithness in the reign of David I. The first references to the surname appeared in the 13th century. In 1296, David le fiz Andreu was recorded as a burgess of Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions), and Duncan fiz Andreu of Dumfries was recorded as taking an oath of fealty. The Andersons held territories in Moidart, but later moved to Badenoch in the early 14th century. The most prominent branches of the Andersons were the Dowhills, West Ardbrecks and Candacraigs in Strathdon.


In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Anderson has appeared as Anderson, Andison, Andersonne, Andersoun, Andirsoone, Andresoun, Androson, Andirston, Andrewson and many more.

First found in the Great Glen and Strathspey, where the Anderson family held a family seat from ancient times. The family is descended from Mac Ghille Andreis, servant of St. Andrew, Scotland's Patron Saint. They are regarded as a sept of Clan Chattan and have been associated with this Confederation of Clans from the 15th century.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anderson research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1515, 1620, 1710, 1668, 1721, 1726, 1796 and are included under the topic Early Anderson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 135 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Anderson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Anderson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Anderson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Anderson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jochem Anderson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1600
  • Heinrich Anderson, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1627
  • Thomas Anderson, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Joseph Anderson and Richard Anderson in 1635
  • Jo Anderson, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Anderson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Anderson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Enoch Anderson, who landed in New Jersey in 1709
  • Derrick Anderson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Edward Anderson, who landed in Virginia in 1717

Anderson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archd Anderson, aged 19, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jas Anderson, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Heny Anderson, aged 46, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • George Anderson, who landed in America in 1804
  • Chas Anderson, who landed in America in 1805

Anderson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Chris Anderson, who landed in Alaska in 1900
  • Herman Anderson, who landed in Mississippi in 1900
  • Eliza J Anderson, who landed in Colorado in 1902
  • Frank Anderson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903
  • Chris C Anderson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903

Anderson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Anderson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John and William Anderson, who immigrated to Newfoundland in 1763

Anderson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Anderson and his wife Isobel, who emigrated from Scotland to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1808 with their children James, Ann, Christina, and Isobel
  • Willm Anderson, aged 28, landed in Canada in 1811
  • William Anderson, aged 37, a gardener, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Ann Anderson, aged 36, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Isobel Anderson, aged 11, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815

Anderson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Anderson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Peter Anderson, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Anderson, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Anderson, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Hugh Anderson, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

Anderson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Anderson landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1839
  • Archibald Anderson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • James Anderson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Anderson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Patrick Anderson landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


  • Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), American writer who had a profound influence on American fiction
  • Robert Anderson (1917-2009), American Academy Award-nominated playwright and screenwriter, best known for his work "Tea and Sympathy"
  • Philip Warren Anderson (b. 1923), American scientist who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1977 for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems
  • Gillian Anderson (b. 1968), American actress best known for her role as Dana Scully in the television series "The X-Files"
  • Michael P Anderson (1959-2003), NASA astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke up during re-entry
  • Leroy Anderson (1908-1975), American composer
  • Heartley "Hunk" Anderson (1898-1978), American football player and coach
  • John August Anderson (1876-1959), American physicist and astronomer
  • First Sergeant Johannes S. Anderson (1887-1950), American Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Marian Anderson (1897-1993), American concert and opera singer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom



  • The Andersons of Rowlett's Creek by W. Clytes Anderson Cullar and Jerry M. Flook.
  • Descendants of Capt. Henry Anderson, Sr., of Newberry County, South Carolina by Lucien L. McNees.

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: Stand sure
Motto Translation: Stand sure


Anderson Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Anderson
Andersan, Andersand, Andersane, Andersant, Andersen, Andersend, Andersent, Andersind, Andersint, Anderson, Andersone, Andersonne, Andersoun, Andersson, Andersyn, Andersynd, Andirsoolm, Andirsoom, Andirsoomb, Andirsoombe, Andirsoome, Andirsoone, Andirsooom, Andirsooomb, Andirsoown, Andirsoum, Andirsoume, Andirston, Andison, Andresoun, Andrewson, Androson, Endersan, Endersand, Endersane, Endersant, Endersen, Endersend, Endersent, Endersind, Endersint, Enderson, Endersonne, Endersoun, Endersson, Endersyn, Endersynd, Endirsoom, Endirsoomb, Endirsoombe and more.


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