Anderson Family Crest

Anderson family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Anderson family crest

Argent (silver) - symbolizes the sincerity and peacefulness of Anderson family members.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Andersons when called upon in times of war.

Azure (blue) - represents the family's truthfulness and loyalty.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Anderson family crest 

The two boars - symolizes a fierce warrior history and a willingness of family members to fight against adversity until death.

The two stars - represent the noble and good qualities of Anderson family members, as well as indicating divine characteristics granted from a higher power.

The oak tree - signifies a long lasting age of the family and enduring strength.


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Origins of the Anderson family name

The name Anderson is considered to be of English origin but stems originally from a Scottish first name.

The name was first used at the turn of the 14th century and is derived from the first name 'Andrew'. The name Anderson has been used as a given name since the 19th century.

The meaning of the name was originally a literal reference to 'Andrew's son', which then became 'Anderson' over time as the family spread geographically and localised versions emerged.


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Summary of the Anderson family and the Anderson family crest

  • The Anderson family name is of Scottish and English origin.
  • The first recorded use of the Anderson family name is from the 14th century, in the records of the English town of York.
  • The first officially recorded spelling of the family name in Scotland is thought to be that of Andrew Anderson, which appears in documents dated 1414, in the "Exchequer Rolls of Scotland"
  • Anderson is also a common Swedish surname, where it likely emerged as a similar reference to one's son but with the father's name locally known as 'Anders', the Scandinavian version of Andrew.
  • The Anderson family crest features two boar's heads.
  • The Anderson clan is part of the Clan Chattan Confederation of clans
  • The Anderson clan is also associated with the Farquharson clan. 
  • The wider Anderson family name began to spread through the British Isles in medieval and middle ages and was commonly found in Ireland, where it is associated with the name MacAndrew.

    • The first Anderson in America was William Anderson, who arrived in Virginia in 1635. He was followed by his brother John Anderson, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640

    • In the United States, the Anderson family name is most common in the state of Texas.
    • The Anderson family name is also found in Germany, where it is spelled Andersohn.