The surname Anderson is of patronymic origin, meaning "son of" or "descendant of" Andrew. Andrew, meaning "man" or "manly" was the first disciple of Jesus and was a revered name in medieval times due to his connections to the church. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and Russia. Anderson was brought to America by settlers from Scotland, England, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and Anderson is borne by over 700,000 people in the United States. The first recorded reference to the name Anderson in the Americas records occurred in 1635 when William Anderson is recorded as having set sail from London on the ship The Alexander in February of that year bound for Barbados.
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