The Clan has been around for hundreds of years.
The Anderson surname originated in France about 1100 AD and the Normans brought it to Scotland one hundred and fifty years later. Anderson means "Son of Andrew". It really means a "servant of Andrew", Andrew being the patron saint of Scotland. There is no specific place where the Clan originated and the name was used all over Scotland by groups unrelated to each other.
The Anderson crest consists of a strap and buckle encircling an oak tree. The oak tree rests on the "wreath", which for the Andersons is a twisted strand of red and silver threads. The wreath has six loops, with silver and red in an alternating pattern. Silver is the first loop on the left side, and red is the last loop on the right side. The Clan motto, STAND SURE, is written in the top portion of the strap. All Andersons are entitled to wear the crest as a sign of being a clansman.
STAND SURE is the Anderson motto which reflects the spirit of confidence of the Anderson Clan from a place of strength with the sturdy dependence of the oak tree.
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