Andersson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name Andersson. It is derived 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, and Duncan fiz Andreu of Dumfries was recorded as taking an oath of fealty. [1]

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.

Early Origins of the Andersson family

The surname Andersson was first found in the Great Glen and Strathspey, where the Andersson 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.

Not withstanding the aforementioned Scottish ancestry, it should now be mentioned that some of the family moved south into England at early times in their history. By example, we need to mention the manor in the parish of Eyworth in Bedfordshire. "The manor belonged at an early period to the Leybourns, and was afterwards in the families of Charlton and Francis; in the reign of Elizabeth, Eyworth was the property and seat of Sir Edmund Anderson, lord chief justice of the common pleas, one of the judges who sat at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots. The church contains some interesting monuments to the Andersons and others." [2]

Early History of the Andersson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Andersson research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1515, 1620, 1710, 1668, 1721, 1726, 1796 and are included under the topic Early Andersson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Andersson Spelling Variations

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. Andersson has appeared as Anderson, Andison, Andersonne, Andersoun, Andirsoone, Andresoun, Androson, Andirston, Andrewson and many more.

Early Notables of the Andersson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John Androsone, burgess of Edinburgh in 1515; David and Alexander Anderson of Finshaugh, who made great contributions in the world of mathematics; Lionel Albert Anderson (c. 1620-1710), an English Dominican...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Andersson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Andersson family to Ireland

Some of the Andersson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Andersson migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Andersson were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Andersson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anders Andersson, who landed in Delaware in 1641 [3]
  • Johan Andersson, who landed in Delaware in 1641 [3]
  • Mans Andersson, who arrived in Delaware in 1641 [3]
  • Nils Andersson, who landed in Delaware in 1643 [3]
  • Sven Andersson, who arrived in Delaware in 1643 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Andersson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catharina Margareta Andersson, who arrived in America in 1829 [3]
  • Knud Andersson, aged 30, who landed in Newport, RA in 1829 [3]
  • Maria Gustave Andersson, aged 17, who landed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1832 [3]
  • Johanna Andersson, who arrived in New York in 1844 [3]
  • Johan Otto Andersson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1845 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Andersson (post 1700) +

  • Claes-Johan Rudolf Andersson (1937-2019), Swedish-speaking Finnish psychiatrist, author, poet, jazz musician and Member of the Finnish Parliament
  • Otto Torsten Andersson (1926-2009), Swedish modernist painter awarded the 1997 Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts
  • Karl Johan Andersson (1827-1867), Swedish explorer
  • Johan Gunnar Andersson (1874-1960), Swedish archaeologist
  • Daniel Andersson (1888-1920), Swedish poet and novelist
  • Bibi Andersson (b. 1935), Swedish actress

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Ellis Anna Maria Andersson (d. 1912), aged 2, Swedish Third Class passenger from Kisa, Östergötland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]
  • Miss Erna Alexandra Andersson, aged 17, Finnish Third Class passenger from Kullaa who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible D [4]
  • Miss Ida Augusta Margareta Andersson (d. 1912), aged 38, Swedish Third Class passenger from Vadsbro, Sörmland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]
  • Mr. Johan Samuel Andersson (d. 1912), aged 26, American Third Class passenger from Hartford, Connecticut who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]
  • Mr. Anders Johan Andersson (d. 1912), aged 39, Swedish Third Class passenger from Kisa, Östergötland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]
  • ... (Another 5 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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