The surname Sanders is of patronymic origin deriving from the personal name Sander, a shortened version of Alexander. Alexander comes from the Greek Alexandros meaning "defender of men." Sanders is first found in Ireland in County Wicklow where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke for their help in the invasion of Ireland in 1172. Sanders is the 87th most popular name in the United States. Get your Sanders Family Crest Ring today.