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Origin, Meaning, and History of Andrew

The name Andrew is traditionally masculine with Greek and Scottish roots. It is derived from the Greek “Andreas” relating to Ancient Greek “andros” meaning “man” or “manly.” The name also captures the essence of “brave,” “strength,” “courageous,” and “warrior.” Andrew is frequently truncated to “Andy” or “Drew.”

The name became popular in the early Christian era with Saint Andrew, the first disciple of Jesus Christ and the patron saint of Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Scotland. Legends say, he later preached along the shores of the Black Sea, and was crucified on a saltire, an X-shaped cross. Andrew, being a Greek name, was probably a translation of the original Hebrew name, which is unknown. The name was also popularized in many other parts of the world through the influence of the Bible and the spread of Christianity.

Andrew is a common name, but has several variations in other languages, such as Anders (Scandinavian), Andre (French), Andres (Spanish), Andrei (Russian), Andrzej (Polish), and Drew (English). These variations often reflect the cultural and linguistic differences of different countries.

Andrew has been a popular name in England and Scotland since the Middle Ages. It was also the name of two Byzantine emperors and has been a part of history and literature since the Middle Ages. Various characters have been named Andrew – Andrew Aguecheek in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ played an important role in creating the play’s festive and goofy atmosphere, and Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews, who tells the story of an amiable footman’s journey home from London along with his oblivious parson Abraham Adams. They were noteworthy literary figures who helped popularize the name through the years.

Throughout history, the name Andrew has been associated with strength, courage, and leadership, making it a popular choice for parents seeking a name with a rich heritage.


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A born warrior who is manly and brave
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Famous People With The Name Andrew

  • Andrew JacksonSeventh American president (1829-1837)
  • Andrew Johnson17th American president (1865-1869)
  • Andrew GarfieldAmerican actor, known best for his role as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider Man (2014) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Andrew TateAmerican-British media personality popular for his role in the British TV reality show Big Brother (Season 7)
  • Andrew KeeganAmerican actor, best known for his role in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Andrew On The Popularity Chart

Andrew has been a popular name for baby boys throughout Europe since the historical period. Have a look at its popularity and ranking over time.

Popularity Over Time

Andrew was a popular name during the 1980s and 90s. But its popularity gradually started declining from 2006 onwards. The graph will give you an idea of its popularity trend.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

From 1980 to 2005, Andrew had a good ranking, signifying its acceptance by parents. However, after 2005, the name did not do well on the ranking graph. Know more about its trend below.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Andrew

If you appreciate the sound of Andrew but are looking for a name with a different meaning, here are some suggestions you may consider.

Names With Similar Meaning As Andrew

Andrew is a great choice for your baby, but if you wish to look at other names with the same meaning, check out your options here.

Name Numerology For Andrew

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