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Anderson, Andersone - what's in a name?

The origins of the surname Anderson are covered in great detail by other websites - for example Clan Anderson.

One thing that we've found while carrying out research into the Anderson family name was that there were alternate spellings.  The most common of these, and most prevalent in OPR records, is the use of ANDERSONE.  Another example was Andreson. 

We have decided to exclude from this study Andrewson and Anders - but everyone will have to make their own mind up as to whether there is a link.

We got into the habit of using a wildcard (*) following ANDERSO in many of our searches and in particular for those queries on Scotlands People.

 

We also thought it might be of interest to set out a list of the christian names that we have seen accompanying the Anderson surname.  The following list is extracted from one of our databases which contains about two thousand five hundred Andersons.  The number after each christian name indicates the frequency with which it appears.

Adam 8, Aeneas 1, Agnes 25, Aileen 1, Ainsley 1, Alastair 1, Alexander 183, Alexandrina 1, Alexina 1, Alfred 6, Alice 5, Alicia 1, Alick 1, Alistair 1, Allan 3, Amelia 2, Amie 1, Andrew 20, Angus 1, Anne/Anabel/Annie 115, Archibald 5, Anthony 1, Arthur 7,

Barbara 33, Basil 1, Bathia 4, Beatrice 1, Belinda 1, Bella 3, Bernard 1, Bessie 3, Betsie 1, Betty 2, Brian 2, Bryan 1,

Caroline 4, Catharine 18, Cathren 1, Cecilia 2, Charles 43, Charlotte 5, Chrissie 1, Christian 15, Christina 15, Clarence 1,

Dallas 1, Daniel 4, David 27, Dolly 1, Donald 2, Dorothy 2, Douglas 1, Duncan 5, 

Edith 1, Edward 3, Eleanor 3, Eileen 1, Elisabeth 9, Eliza 10, Elizabeth 95, Ella 1, Ellen 1, Elspeth 6, Elsie 6, Elspet 36, Emily 2, Eric 1, Ethel 2, Eupheminia 2, Eva 1, Evaline 1,

Fanny 3, Flora 4, Florence 2, Forbes 3, Frances 5, Francis 12, Frank 7, Fraser 2

Garden 1, Gemma 1, George 138, Georgina 4, Gilbert 4, Gladys 1, Gordon 1, Grace 4,

Hallen 1, Hannah 1, Hardy 1, Harriet 3, Harry 5, Helen 65, Henrietta 1, Henry 3, Hercules 1, Hester 1, Hilda 1, Horatio 1, Hugh 3,

Ian 1, Irene 1, Isabel 9, Isabella 106, Isobel 15,

James 247, Jamesina 1, Jane 89, Janet 34, Jean 43, Jeannie 7, Jemima 4, Jessie 34, Joan 2, Joanna 2, John 215, Johnina 1, Jonathan 1, Joseph 13,

Katharine 3, Kenneth 2,

Leonard 1, Leslie 2, Lewis 2, Lily 1, Lizzie 4, Louis 1, Louisa 6,

Mabel 1, Magdalen 1, Maggie 8, Matilda 1, Margaret 169, Margory 2, Maria 1, Marion 1, Marjorie 2, Marjory 4, Martha 1, Mary 101, May 5, Michael 1, Mills 1, Minnie 3,

Nellie 2, Netta 1, Nicholas 1, Norman 2,

Patrick 3, Pauline 1, Penelope 1, Peter 30,

Rachel 2, Ralph 1, Rebecca 1, Rita 1, Robert 97, Robin 1, Robina 2, Ronald 1, Rosemary 2, Ruth 1

Sally 2, Samuel 4, Sarah 7, Sheila 2, Simon 3, Sophia 4, Stanley 1, Stewart 2, Susan 4, Susanna 1,

Theodore 1, Thomas 16, Tom 1,

Vera 1, Violet 2,

Wendy 1, William 272, Williamina 3, Willie 1, Winnie 1.