Quick Facts on Anderson
- English, Scottish
- Number of syllables:
- Ranking popularity:
Son of Andrew: Manly, brave
Characteristics of Anderson
Etymology & Historical Origin - Anderson
Anderson is the transferred use of a Scottish and English patronymic surname meaning ‘son of Andreas’ which is the Greek equivalent to Andrew. Andrew is the anglicized form of the Greek name “Andreas”, stemming from “andr” which translates into ‘manly, brave, warrior’. It was also a common name among the Jews two centuries before Christ. Andrew is the name of the first disciple called by Jesus in the New Testament. A Galilean fisherman and the brother of St. Peter, St. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist and one of the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. After the Resurrection, St. Andrew went on to preach in Asia Minor and Greece. He became one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages and was chosen to be the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Scotland. It has long been a widely popular boys’ name in the English-speaking world, but particularly in Scotland since it is believed that the relics of St. Andrew were brought there. As a surname, Anderson first appeared in writing in the 13th century as Andreweson in Yorkshire, England.
Popularity of the Name Anderson
The male name Anderson has been on the American popularity charts since the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends in 1880. Back at the turn of the 20th century, the name was at the height of its popularity with fairly moderate usage. As the 1900s progressed, the name Anderson would fade from the American psyche as a name of choice. However, Ander son is an example of a surname that has been in constant use for a long time in the United States, unlike some of the newer, trendier surnames that have only shown up in recent decades (like Logan, Mason, Colton). Anderson is more reminiscent of Jackson, Harrison or Jameson – names indicating a “son of” someone (Andrew, John, Henry or James) – which gives these surnames a little more sense of tradition, dignity and old-school history. Since the turn of the 21st century, the name Anderson is once again showing promise, no doubt having been hoisted into the limelight by the popular journalist Anderson Cooper. There is definitely a dignified and ‘manly’ quality to this name and it’s certainly a great choice if Dad’s name happens to be Andrew.
Popularity of the Boy Name Anderson
You need Adobe Flash Player 6 (or above) to view the charts. It is a free and lightweight installation from Adobe.com. Please click here
to install the same.
Cultural References to the Baby Name - Anderson
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Anderson
Anderson We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Anderson.
Popular Songs on Anderson
Anderson Mesa - a song by Jimmy Eat World
Children's Books on the Baby Name Anderson
Anderson Cooper (Stephanie Watson) - This is the engaging biography of a popular TV news anchor whose specialty is covering wars and natural disasters. After starting as a fact checker after graduating from Yale, Anderson Cooper moved overseas to Burma and Vietnam and began using his own video camera to film situations and stories as he encountered them. Over his career he has covered many global headline events, but it was his coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that made Cooper famous. He brought a human face and raw emotion to the coverage, empathizing with the people's anger, fear, and frustration. Recommended for ages 13+
Famous People Named Anderson
Famous People Named Anderson - Anderson Cooper (TV journalist); Anderson García (baseball player); Anderson Hernández (baseball player); Anderson Machado (baseball player); Anderson Varejão (basketball player); Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira (soccer player)
Children of Famous People Named Anderson
Famous People Who Named Their Son Anderson - Gloria Vanderbilt (fashion designer)
Anderson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Anderson - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Anderson.
Personality of the Boy Name Anderson
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Anderson