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Origin, Meaning And History of Drew

Drew is a trendy gender-neutral name that originated from Andrew, which is derived from the Greek word ‘Andreios’ meaning ‘manly,’ ‘masculine,’ ‘brave,’ or ‘courageous.’ The Welsh variation of the name is believed to have stemmed from ‘Drw’ or ‘Drew,’ meaning ‘wise’ or ‘true.’ In Irish, it is derived from Ó Draoi, which means ‘descendant of the druid.’

According to Biblical accounts, Andrew was among the twelve apostles of Jesus, who was the son of Jonah and the brother of Simon Peter. In Orthodox tradition, he is revered as the First-Called and is famously known as Saint Andrew. Charlemagne’s son is another notable bearer of this name due to which it became quite popular in France as Dreus and Drues.

During the 1066 Norman conquest, the name was introduced to England and its mention was first found in the Domesday book. The name since then has traveled across the globe and developed several variations based on culture and language. Some of these variations include Andrei, Andrey, Anders, André, and Andrea (feminine version).

Drew is also a surname with origins in southwestern England and north-eastern Scotland passed on within the family from grandfather to son. As a patronymic surname, it signifies a wise or crafty character and can be found in variations such as Dro, Drewes, Drewett, and Drewry.

Besides appearing as the name of notable figures, Drew has also appeared as the name of several fictional characters. For instance, Nancy Drew, a fictional character from the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories written under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. She is depicted as a teenage amateur detective in numerous mystery book series, movies, and a TV show.

Jessica Drew, the spider woman appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics. She has been portrayed as a member of various superhero teams with enhanced physical abilities using which she fights crime and protects innocent people.

Besides these, Drew Tanaka appearing in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series, Sydney “Syd” Drew from the TV series Power Rangers SPD, and Alexander Drew from the True Blood series are some more fictional characters that made the name Drew famous among the masses.


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Famous People With The Name Drew

  • Drew BarrymoreAn American child actress, director, and producer who is known for her award winning roles in Charlie’s Angels and ET. the extra terrestrial.
  • Drew Gilpin FaustThe American historian who served as the first female president at Harvard University.
  • Drew PearsonAn American who is known for his column ‘the Washington Merry-Go-Round’.
  • Drew KiblerAn American swimmer, born with a hearing impairment, known for his world record in the short course freestyle relay and his performance in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
  • Charles R. DrewAn American scientist and medical researcher who is known for his earliest contributions towards blood bank storage and blood transfusions during World War II.

Drew On The Popularity Chart

Drew gained significant popularity around 1985. However, since then, its popularity has fluctuated irregularly, reaching its lowest in 2021.

Popularity Over Time

The popularity of this name rose from 720 babies per million in 1980 to 2,277 babies per million in 1985. Check out the graph below for more insights into the name’s performance.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Drew was ranked 12,451 in 1980, after which it steadily declined, reaching its lowest in 2007. Refer to the graph below for more information.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Drew

The name Drew is pronounced as droo or dru. Here are a few meaningful names with a similar sound.

Names With Similar Meaning As Drew

Here are some alternative names to Drew that have similar meanings.

Name Numerology For Drew

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