Origin of the Name Anderson
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'son of Andrew', the variant forms of the name Anderson include Anders and MacAndrews. The Scottish MacAndrews came to Badenoch from Moedart in the year 1400. They are regarded as a sept of Clan Chattan, having been associated with the confederation of Clans since the fifteenth century. A famous member of the Clan was John MacAndrew of Dalnahatnich, known as Ian Beg MacAindrea. He was a great bowman and terrorised all who he fought against. In 1670 Ian Beg and his men caught and killed all but one of some Lochaber men for raiding cattle. The man who escaped told of his comrades fate and so the men of Lochaber swore vengeance on Ian Beg. Consequently he lead a very unsettled existence for many years. In Ireland the name Anderson is usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers and traders who arrived from Scotland and England , especially during the seventeenth century.
The Anderson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Anderson descendants.