The surname originated in France about 1100 AD and the Normans brought it to Scotland one hundred and fifty years later.
There is no single location where The Clan began. There could be any number of reasons for this and probably the main one being that with the origin of the name was "son - or servant - or follower - of Andrew"; Andrew being the patron saint of Scotland.
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 reflects the spirit of confidence of the Anderson Clan from a place of strength with the sturdy dependence of the oak tree.
The Anderson Ancient tartan is predominantly light blue, red, black and white.
The Anderson Tartan is unique among all of the Scottish tartans, because it is the only tartan to have seven colors. All other tartans have six or less. Because of this, the Anderson tartan must be woven on a special loom. The colors are primarily a rich blue with yellow, green and red in the plaid.