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It is also pronounced (on-dre-a), "o" as in the word "on".
andy  2/3/2005
It means "Feminine Grace" or "Ideal Woman".
Andrea1991  6/11/2005
Even if Andrea is used as a female name, it still means man, not "feminine grace" or something like that. That would be Gynokala or something like that.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2005
This is a beautiful, classy and lady-like name. I pronounce it "On-Dre-A". Or you can pronounce it An-Dra-ya.
Tbird  7/4/2005
My third name is "Andrea" (and unfortunately all my female relatives bear it as their second or third name...) and I think it is somewhat inappropriate for a girl/woman as it means "the man-like woman", from the Greek word "andros" = "man/male".
Paganqueen  7/16/2005
I think this a great name and I'm proud to hold it. It means sensuality and a strong minded woman.
andrea72  8/6/2005
I really like this name because it is mine! LOL! And it just has some kind of ring to it!
LilGroovyThang901  9/8/2005
My best friend's name is Andrea and I think it's a beautiful name. Sort of light and flowery but strong and firm. I call her 'Andy' for short but think 'Drea' would be a cool abbreviation.
Cheorl  9/18/2005
Can also be pronounced "An-DRAY-uh". [noted -ed]
Miss Natla  9/19/2005
The name Andrea can also come from the feminine form of the Ancient Greek adjective for brave. The adjective, transliterated from Greek is Andreia. I know this, because my Ancient Greek teachers decided to tell everyone in the class what their names mean. This also happens to be my own name.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2005
My name is Andrea, and I have no problem with it. Mine is pronounced as the behindthename key has it (AN-dree-a), but this seemingly simple name really gives me a hard time. Everyone is always trying to fancy it up like pronouncing it Ondreea. Ondraya. Andraya. Hardly anyone knows how to pronounce the name of an individual person, and I'm always hearing "Oh, well I have a friend who says it this way..." This is a good name, but too many generations of people trying to dress up the name without changing the spelling has made this name a pain.
KerriKat  10/13/2005
Andrea Bowen (born March 4, 1990) stars as Julie Mayer, Susan and Karl's daughter on the popular soap-dramedy "Desperate Housewives".
AndrewJKD  11/26/2005
I have known several girls with this name in Sweden, including one family member. In Sweden it is always pronounced Ann-DREH-ah.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2005
Andrea Zuckerman was a character on Beverly Hills 90210, the clever, studious girl.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
I think the name Andrea is the most beautiful name in the world, no matter how it is pronounced! My girlfriend's name is Andrea and she pronounces it 'AN-dree-a', I can think of no other name as beautiful to me as Andrea!
racerkyle43  2/16/2006
Such a pretty name. :-)

I had a friend with this name when I was younger. (She pronounced it AN-dree-a.) Rather than Andy or Drea, her moniker was "Angie." I always thought that was lovely -- to call an Andrea "Angie" for short.

My friend was such a sweet, pretty girl: dark-haired, kind, genuine. I've had an immediate fondness for any Andreas I've since met.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2006
I can't say I really like this name. The nickname Andy is too masculine for me. What may also color my opinion of this name is someone I know who has this name is not a nice person at all. Very vain and selfish.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Famous bearer is the Irish singer Andrea Corr who is the lead singer.
ClaireCFC  6/2/2006
Andrea Černá, A.J. Cook, Drea DeMatteo and Andrea Kerestéšová, actresses - bearers of the name.
Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
From the Greek root "andro-" which means "man." So Andrea does not mean "womanly" just because it's feminine; it means "manly."
Dray  8/22/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Andrea here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
Well, this is my name, and I like it. I haven't found that it's very common, which is good, although this year I became friends with another person named Andrea. But we both have nicknames that our other friends call us. I'm Andy, and she's Ishy (that nickname comes from her last name).
jaylastarlight  12/29/2006
I really don't like it when people say it means 'manly'. Because I heard it means 'womanly' and 'brave'. Some people say that it means neither, just 'manly', but that isn't true. Andrea can be a male name, but mostly it's considered a female name. It also sounds more feminine, especially with the 'ea' at the end, in my opinion.
jaylastarlight  12/29/2006
I like this name, but it's not my favourite. I think it sounds a bit plain.
scarletquillraven  2/19/2007
My sister name is Andrea, but her name is said aundrea (on-dray). She hates it when people call her ann-dree-uh.
Kailey Baby Girl  3/8/2007
Etymologically, it still means "manly," even if it's made feminine. In fact, since the spelling Andrea is also used for males, there's even less of an argument.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
This name could also be used as a pet form of Alexandrea.
Nerd  5/20/2007
Nice but it means "manly" which is a stupid thing to call a woman.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2007
Actually everybody, I was really curious a while back and went so deep into finding out how names could represent someone and being that my own name is Andrea, I discovered that the "ANDR" in Andrea means Strong! it doesn't mean manly or masculine. Just wanted to clear that up. Hah.
andrea7888  8/12/2007
I like the name not just because it's my name but because there are not a lot of people named Andrea. My nickname is Andy or my family calls me Annie. I've only met 2 people named Andrea so I think that's cool.
blondie81  8/21/2007
Think about this if you still don't think this name means man:
In Greek, 'ginos' meant woman. From there comes the word misoginy - hate towards women, for example.
'Andros' is the Greek equivalent to 'man'. We have the word androginy - 'man-woman' literally, the word misoandria - hate towards men, and a long etcetera. Just search for information if you're still not sure.
― Anonymous User  9/18/2007
This is a really pretty name. Love the way it rolls off the tounge. Truly a great name.
sharonrenee  9/30/2007
I've been around the block once or twice, and I've found that almost all the girls named Andrea that I know are the last child of an all girl family. Is it some sort of code of desperation for a boy? That's how I see it. Same with John for an all boy family.
spaz123  10/25/2007
Andrea is a great name. I love the nickname Andy.
annie0302  1/2/2008
Andrea Morris, an American actress in her early twenties. She played in "The Hangman's Curse" as 'Crystal'.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2008
A girl I've known since preschool has the name Andraya. And it sounds just like it's spelled. AND RAY A. I kinda like that better then Andrea. It sounds simpler.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2008
This name is quite common in Spanish-speaking countries as a female name. I also recently read that Andrea is common enough among Basque-speakers and in the Basque language it means woman.
njc503  8/15/2008
Famous bearer: American singer Andrea Ross.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2008
According to my sister (who knows her stuff) if the the root word (which in this case is "man" or "manly") is changed to a feminine form, then the meaning becomes feminine as well. It's the same case for the names Charles and Charlotte (Charles means man, or manly) - it's changed altogether because it becomes feminine diminutive.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2008
My best friend's name is Andrea. Her middle name is Kay, which sounds a little funny with Andrea, but when you put the two with her last name, it sounds very nice.

She pronounces it ann-dree-uh, and hates when people say on-dray-uh. I think her pronunciation is much sweeter. Apparently she knows a lot of Andreas, but I only know one or two others.

Her nicknames have been Angie and Ange forever, which I think are adorable. She tried to have us call her Andy once, but it didn't catch on.
teebee  2/15/2009
This has been one of my favorite names for the past 4-5 years. I think it sounds feminine and beautiful. It brings such a pretty picture to mind. I can think of a princess in a beautiful dress in a forest, yet I can think of a cute little girl. Beautiful, classy, but not outrageous.
becca_marciano  3/6/2009
This is my name. My middle name is also Kay, which seems to be a fairly common middle name with it. It has a couple of drawbacks: the pronunciation confusion and the confusion with similar sounding names. I pronounce it ANN-dree-uh, but some people want to pronounce it on-DRAY-uh or ON-dree-uh, both of which sound affected and which I hate. People also occasionally call me "Angela" for some reason, maybe because it's a more common name and is similar sounding.

I was named after my dad and like it for that reason and because it's never been either too common or too uncommon a name. I was always glad not to be named Jennifer or Amy or Angela, all names that were really common for women my age. It's hard to guess my age because the name was actually more common for people born 10 years after I was, though it has been used pretty consistently for the last 50 years and an Andrea could be pretty much any age. It's kind of a classic by now.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2009
My friend's name is Leandrea and she pronounces it lee-an-DRE-a (E like in END).
enchy  6/7/2009
This name is Greek.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2009
I believe most European countries pronounce Andrea "ahn-dray-uh". The other pronunciations are the American versions. So, in the States, neither way is considered incorrect.

As for the meaning, it basically means "manly". I take that to mean "strong", and "tough". =)
AndreaJ  9/16/2009
This is my name, and I guess I like it. Not many people have this name that I know of, and that's cool.

When my mother named me, my grandmother said, "Don't name her that, they'll call her Andy!" And sure enough, junior high came and my friends started calling me Andy. Now pretty much all my closest friends call me Andy, and even those who I'm not that close with but who have hung around with my actual friends have referred to me as "Andy". The only person in my group of friends who actually doesn't call me Andy is my boyfriend, for obvious reasons. Even his best friends sometimes call me Andy though. It's strange, but funny.

Personally, I don't mind at all, that's my special nickname, and I'll answer to it. Others refrain from calling me that though, because of their dislikes of that nickname. When people ask me if I mind that nickname, I say no, because it's true.

To wrap it up here, I do like the name Andrea and I've grown fond of the nickname Andy. :)
frozenlava  9/20/2009
This name is nice when pronounced AN-dree-uh. But the pretentious ahn-DRAY-uh pronunciation is hideous and makes me think of snooty girls. I also don't like the nicknames Andi and Drea. Andrea works well on its own.
bananarama  9/21/2009
Another pronunciation for Andrea (2) Feminine is ahn-DREE-ah.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2009
Also a very popular girls name in Croatia, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. [noted -ed]
goricar  3/2/2010
This is my oldest sister's name, when I hear this name a fun loving, crazy (in a good way), girl that's one of those people you would automatically like no questions asked.
solareclipse243  8/10/2010
It's my name, and I like it. I used to not like it as I was named after my dad, but strangely enough I started liking it after I learned what it means- manly. It suits me perfectly, since I am not at all a girly-girl and have been accused of having a "butch" voice. I guess I like being different? Haha.

It's a good name for girls like me who don't exactly conform to people's opinions of what a woman should be like. I resent an earlier comment saying it's a horrid name for a girl. Try meeting all the girls in the world before saying that.

I pronounce it as "Ahn-DRAY-ah". Someone mentioned that's how snooty girl's say it? That's ironic, since I'm the one more likely to be looked down upon.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2010
I think this would be cool to combine with Alexandria, like Alexandrea or AlexAndrea (a-lex-on-DREY-ah).
C-Ticket  7/23/2011
Andrea True was a famous actress/singer, best known for her song "More More More".
Ryry1996  8/21/2011
Andrea Levy, author of Small Island.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2012
Famous bearer is Andrea from the show "The Walking Dead". I don't think her last name is ever mentioned. Played by Laurie Holden.
THErockLady  7/19/2012
Why is this so popular? It's still in the top 100, which is surprising to me. No offense, but this name isn't very pretty and sounds very 70's. Plus, the pronunciations are about 50/50 as far as an-DRAY-a and AN-dria... I don't really like either, I don't know why, they're just not pretty names to me. But at least this name ages well, which is something that can't be said about most names in the top 100.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2013
Hungarian pronunciation: AHND-re-ah.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2014
Andrea Carroll (real name Andrea Lee DeCapite) is a singer who was born on October 3 1946 in Cleveland Ohio. She has a song called “It hurts to be Sixteen”.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2014
Andros means manly... NOT Andrea. Whilst Andrea is derived from this Greek word it is important to note that the two words are different. From what I gather, Andrea references what is perceived to be a manly quality. A very common view is that the specific quality Andrea references is that of 'courage' or 'bravery.' Such qualities are also associated with Andrew (also derived from Andros).
alphaeco  10/25/2014
In Hungary Andrea is 12 on the list of the most popular female names.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2015
This is my name and I pronounce it as Ann-dree-ya.
luxlisbon  3/17/2015
Ever heard of the etymological fallacy? This is the idea that the present meaning of a word should be the same as its historical meaning. The etymology is irrelevant. If you like a name, there is no reason you shouldn't use it. When you hear a name, is its original meaning the first thing you think of? I doubt it.
Kosta  4/9/2015
In Basque, the word 'andrea' means woman or lady.
charliepippa  8/31/2015
My name is Andrea (originally spelt Andreea, but I changed it to the English equivalent)! Personally, I really like my name. It's not very common where I live so it's nice to have an uncommon name other than Chloe, Emily or Molly! I like it pronounced An-dr-eh-ah (so the E is more of "e" in elephant than "e" in bee) and because I'm Romanian (grew up in England since I was 2) my parents' nickname for me is "Deea" which is actually the most popular nickname for Andrea in Romania, and my friends call me Drea. When I first found out that my name means manly I was a bit like 'Oh, because I'm extremely girly' but at the end of the day you like a name because of how it sounds, not because of an ancient meaning :)
― Anonymous User  11/9/2015
I love this name! I gave my oldest child this name, I named her after my father, Andrew. When I see the meanings "grace" and "lady" it is so true, she is truly a beautiful, graceful lady.
ametjw  1/22/2016
When I was younger, I wanted this to be my name. I don't want that nowadays, but I still find it a pretty name.
AmyChlad  3/10/2016
The name is also used in Iceland. [noted -ed]
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
It sounds quite dull and boring to me. I've only known a few Andreas in my life, but Andrea itself still has the feel of an overused name, and I don't think it's particularly pretty either. There's nothing really wrong with it, and I don't really DISLIKE it, I just don't like it either, ha ha.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
Hungarian pronunciation: AWND-re-aw.
HerculePoirot  7/14/2016
Andrea brings to mind someone who likely dies her hair blonde and wears WAY too much perfume.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2016
With 91 980 bearers, Andrea is the 11th most common feminine name in Hungary. (01/01/2016).
HerculePoirot  9/2/2016
Andrea Salas is a model who was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic in 2006.
lilolaf  1/27/2017
Andrea Sesma is the girlfriend of Spanish professional footballer Iker Muniain.
lilolaf  3/27/2017
Andrea Anne del Rosario is a Filipina actress, model, and politician. She was a former member of the girl group Viva Hot Babes and the Batch 3 of Star Magic. In 2006, she made her first television appearance as a series regular for the remake of the Primetime soap "Gulong Ng Palad" as Mimi Sandoval. Her role was very much praised as the arch type antagonist.
cutenose  5/4/2017
Andrea Navedo is an American actress. She began her career on the daytime soap operas One Life to Live and Guiding Light, and in later years had several supporting roles on primetime television. In 2014, Navedo began starring as Xiomara "Xo" Villanueva in The CW comedy-drama series, Jane the Virgin.
cutenose  5/18/2017
Also Catalan and Bulgarian usage.
Sofia  5/27/2017
Also Breton, Estonian, Finnish and Galician.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2017
Andrea Jung is a Canadian-American executive, non-profit leader, and prominent women's-issues supporter. In April, 2014, she became President and CEO of Grameen America, a nonprofit microfinance organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus. Grameen is the fastest-growing microfinance organization in the United States, providing the largest number of microfinance loans to individuals and small businesses. From 1999 until 2012, she served as the first female CEO and Chairwoman of Avon Products, Inc., a multi-level marketing company. Jung was also the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association, and Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.
cutenose  6/7/2017
Andrea Absolonová, better known by the pseudonym Lea De Mae, was a Czech adult model, pornographic actress and a member of the Czech high diving national team. Mae died from brain cancer on December 9, 2004, she was just 27 years old.
cutenose  6/15/2017
My name has been Andrea for 59 years. In all that time there has only been a handful pronounce it like it should be... AN-dree-ya. Most try to make it sound "better" by saying it like OWN-dree-ya or even more couldn't say it at all and called me Angela. I think, in the times we live in, our fast paced lives don't allow us to stop and think long enough to actually "hear" how someone says their name. We are moving back to my home state next year and I'm changing my name to get a fresh start.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2017
My name is Andrea and I like it. I think it's unique without being strange. I pronounce it "an-DRE-a" but I'm easygoing if people pronounce it other ways. I've always been disappointed in the lack of nicknames. I don't like Andi. My sister's name is Elizabeth. I was jealous. She has tons of nicknames while I have multiple pronunciations. When I learned I can use Dreams as a shorter form, I was happy.
― Anonymous User  11/14/2017
I know a girl called Andrea but she goes by Drea. Pronounced On-Dray-uh.
XxLil.KirbyxX  11/24/2017
This is my name and I love it. My mom named my brother Andre and me Andrea (pronounced On-dree-uh). Ann-dree-uh sounds nasal to me so I’m happy for the way she says it. Most people don’t take the time to learn to correctly pronounce my name, or others’ for that matter, and I think we should honor the correct pronunciation of each other’s names. I get On-dray-uh and Angela a lot. I found it interesting that the day name in Slovakia is Andrea for 1/5; my birthday is 1/6. So I think it’s meant to be. I use “Andi” only when I’m on social media plus my high school gym teacher started that nickname.
Andicb  3/11/2018
Although not a person, the Italian ship Andrea Doria (pronounced like mine) sank in 1956 off the coast of Nantucket after a collision with the US Stockholm.
Andicb  3/11/2018
My name is Andrea. Living in a Spanish speaking country I love the sound of my name. Sounds nice and I understand why my mom named me "Andrea". I have always been called Andrea by my classmates and family, my friend calls me "Andre" which I do not really mind. But André for me is a French boy's name lol :)

When I speak English I HATE the different pronunciations and the way it rolls. Don't like it at all. So I always introduce myself as "Ana" for short. Simple, light and feminine. Also sounds great in French which I also speak and in most other languages it's so easy to say. I tried with "Andi" for a while but it is a little too spunky for me. Andi is cute yes, but I don't want to be "cute". Andrea (pronounced in Spanish) has always sounded strong yet feminine.

In Spanish I mostly use Andrea. In French and English I use Ana as a nickname. Ana is a short form of Andrea as when you take out "dre" you get Ana!

Here are some cute nicknames for you girls that try to make your name sound cool or softer:

Andi/Andie (Andy is a little to masculine)
Rea (sounds beautiful in English but for Spanish and French it's a no!)
Ana Verne  3/18/2018

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