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The meaning of Sanders
English (Devon), Dutch, and North German: variant of Sander, with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.
Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.
How common is the last name Sanders in the United States?
According to the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Sanders has seen some changes in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 88th in popularity, but by 2010, it had slipped to 94th, a decrease of 6.82 percent. However, despite this drop in ranking, the actual count of people with this surname increased from 220,902 in 2000 to 230,374 in 2010, an increase of 4.29 percent. The proportion of people named Sanders per 100,000 population decreased slightly from 81.89 to 78.1 during this period.
|Proportion per 100k||81.89||78.1||-4.63%|
Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Sanders
Regarding ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows that most people with the surname Sanders identify as White, though this percentage decreased from 63.44 in 2000 to 60.78 in 2010. The next largest group, those identifying as Black, saw a slight increase from 31.90 in 2000 to 32.97 in 2010. The percentages of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Two or more races saw increases of 24.24 percent and 40.46 percent respectively. Those identifying as Hispanic also increased notably from 1.76 in 2000 to 2.57 in 2010, a jump of 46.02 percent. The American Indian and Alaskan Native category saw a minor decrease from 0.85 to 0.84.
|Two or More Races||1.73%||2.43%||40.46%|
|American Indian and Alaskan Native||0.85%||0.84%||-1.18%|
sanders ancestry composition
23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Sanders is British & Irish, which comprises 50.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.9%) and Nigerian (4.4%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Eastern European, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Spanish & Portuguese.
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|British & Irish||50.6%|
|French & German||21.9%|
Possible origins of the surname sanders
Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.
Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Sanders have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.
|RECENT ANCESTRY Location||Percentage|
|Greater London, United Kingdom||80.80%|
|Greater Manchester, United Kingdom||80.60%|
|Glasgow City, United Kingdom||80.50%|
|Merseyside, United Kingdom||80.40%|
|West Yorkshire, United Kingdom||80.30%|
What sanders haplogroups can tell you
Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.
The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Sanders is R-Y4010, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Y4010 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-L21, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Saunders, Brown, Taylor, Dixon, Smith, Mitchell, Thompson, Walker, Lewis, Wilson.
The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Sanders surname are: H, T2b, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.
Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette
Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.
What do people with the surname Sanders have in common?
Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.
Chocolate Ice Cream
Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.
"Sanders" Surname 42.3%
23andMe Users 41.3%
When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.
"Sanders" Surname 26.3%
23andMe Users 27.9%
Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.
"Sanders" Surname 25.1%
23andMe Users 21.1%
A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
"Sanders" Surname 18.6%
23andMe Users 16.4%