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What does Anderson mean?

Anderson Pronunciation of Anderson [an-der-son] as a boys' name means "man, warrior". Anderson is an alternate spelling of Anders (Scandinavian, Greek): version of Andrew.

Associated with: warrior.


Anderson has 1 variant: Andersson.

1 more different relation via Anders: Ander.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Anderson Declan (A.D.), ..

How popular is Anderson?

Anderson is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#814 out of 1220, Top 67%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#12 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Anderson reached its peak position of #257 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #305. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anderson name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anderson outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Anderson (#305 in recent rankings) rated in the Top 2000 are Ander (#1322 in recent rankings) and Anders (#794). Adoption of these forms of Anderson is more pronounced among parents presently (usage of 0.08%). Anders and Anderson are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anderson, Ander, Anders in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anders outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abelson, Adamson, Addamson, Addeson, Addison, Adison, Adisson (see Addison), Adrion, Adron, Aeron, Aeson, Aileron, Aleron, Algernon, Aljernon, Andon, Andor, Andrae, Andras, Andre, Andrea, Andreas, Andrei, Andrej, Andres, Andresj, Andreus, Andrew, Andrews, Andrey, Andrezj, Andrian, Andric, Andrick, Andriel, Andries, Andrij, Andrija, Andrik, Andris, Andrius, Andro, Andros, Andru, Andruw, Andrzej, Annson, Anson, Ansson, Antero, Atherton, Auberon, Auberron, Emerson, Gerson, Henderson, Mandelson (see Mandel), Paterson, Person, Peterson, Pierson, Sanderson and Saunderson. These names tend to be less frequently used than Anderson.

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