User comments for Andrea (2) (Meaning / History Only)

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
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
This name is Greek.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2009
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
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
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
This name could also be used as a pet form of Alexandrea.
Nerd  5/20/2007
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
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
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
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

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