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In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Anderson who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 824th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
I named my daughter Anderson Jeanise. We call her Andi for short. It has a family tie and means a lot to me. I think it will be good for her on her resume and for future job opportunities. She can later choose to go by Anderson, Andi, AJ, Jean, Jeanise. I didn't leave her with options. I get mostly positive feedback with her name. I love it.
Cfreds  8/3/2017
Named our son Anderson Major. 2 weeks before he was born we ran into a little girl named Anderson. Needless to say, we pulled the last minute switch and went with Major. I guess I'm shocked at all of the names that are crossing the gender barrier. I never thought Anderson would be used for a girl.
TTT  5/12/2015
I prefer Anders.
hkols  11/3/2014
Ehh... I'm not too fond of these -son names. Anderson and Harrison I can tolerate, but they really do sound a little too surname-y. I just hope to god this doesn't make it to the top 1000 for females.
― Anonymous User  6/12/2013
Anderson is a character on BBC's Sherlock.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2012
Reminds me of Anders, but Anders seems more like a given name. People with this name may also hear some Mr. Anderson jokes. Well, if people still remember the Matrix.
Louska  1/15/2011
I'm Swedish and for me, Anderson used as a first name sounds strange. Andersson is one of the most common family names in Sweden.
Caprice  10/5/2010
I know a woman who is planning to name her son Anderson only because it was her maiden name. I suppose it is ok, but with all the -son names for girls now in days, I predict this name will become unisex. Like Addison, Madison, and Emerson. They all mean "son of ----"
Alora  1/2/2010
Alora's prediction has come true: I heard of a young girl identified as "Anderson" during a local news program on television. I guess the person who named the child "Anderson" did not care for the name's meaning.
Mario500  1/11/2013
Anderson sounds like a surname that someone would rather go by than their first name. Like someone would say "My name is Rick Anderson, they just call me Anderson". It's a name I like, but it doesn't sound like a first name. My uncle's sister in law named her son this. It is strange as a first name. But if you want to use it, don't be bothered by what other people say.
Jeremiah2911  8/13/2008
I'm not crazy about names that are clearly surnames being used as first names. This is not a terrible name, but it will likely be shortened to Andy anyway, and people will assume it's short for Andrew. All in all, a bit too surname-y.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
I named my son Anderson (born in January 2007) and I love it. People always have a positive reaction to his name and often comment how much they like it.
bruinkristin  9/30/2007
Anderson Varejao, NBA Basketball player (forward) for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Anderson Silva, UFC fighter.
(Note: both athletes are originally from Brazil. Possibly Anderson is a popular name in Brazil?)
bruinkristin  9/30/2007
Bruinkristin: Yes, Anderson was a very common name in Brazil during the 1980's. There are many 20- or 30-and-odd Andersons living there, but not many children are given this name nowadays. (I'm Brazilian.)
Philidel  6/7/2014
Or 'son of Anders'. Believe it or not, Anders is or was a real name.
Tacyla  12/24/2006
A famous bearer: Anderson Cooper, CNN host.
AnnaClaire  11/3/2005

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