The Scottish,English and Irish surname Sanderson 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." As a surname "Alexanders Son" first appears in Scotland in the mid 15th Century, whilst in 1472, John Sanderson purchased the Lands of Lethindy (Athol). In 1479, Whilst William Sanderisson was summoned to the Scottish Parliament for Treason. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1623 when Alexander Sanderson is recorded in Virginia. Today there are approximately 24,000 bearers of the name Sanderson living in the United States.
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