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Gender: Male Meaning of Anderson: "son of Anders" Origin of Anderson: Scandinavian Anderson's Popularity in 2018: #297

The name Anderson is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "son of Anders". Anderson is ranked #297 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Surname Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

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Anderson shot up quite a bit on the popular names list in the 2000's, no doubt in large part due to the prominence of white-haired cable newsman Anderson Cooper. Perhaps surprisingly though, Anderson was even higher on the list in 1880. Actress Edie Falco named her son Anderson in 2005. Though there haven't been many first-named Anderson namesakes, there have been countless notables bearing the surname, including Hans Christian, Marian, Maxwell, Sherwood, Gillian, Laurie, and Pamela.

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stella2007 Says:


I still think it sounds very much like a last name. I prefer Anders or Andre or Andreas.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's nice as a surname, and actually not bad as a first name, either. It's a good way to get the nickname Andy without using the usual names, such as Andrew. In that way, it works for girls too, as Andie is increasingly popular as a female name or nickname.