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Saunders Surname Meaning

English (Surrey and Kent): variant of Sander with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Saunderson, Sander, Sanders, Anders, Lander, Alders, Xander, Mandery

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Where is the Saunders family from?

You can see how Saunders families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Saunders family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Saunders families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 1,244 Saunders families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Saunders's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Saunders families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Saunders surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Saunders ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Saunders. 28% of Saunders men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Saunders women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Saunders were Clerk and Student. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Income
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Student
    8%
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Census Records

There are 957,000 census records available for the last name Saunders. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Saunders census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 97,000 immigration records available for the last name Saunders. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 105,000 military records available for the last name Saunders. For the veterans among your Saunders ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Saunders lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Saunders life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Saunders in 1942 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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