Given Name ANDREW

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: AN-droo (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

English form of the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which was derived from ανδρειος (andreios) "manly, masculine", a derivative of ανηρ (aner) "man". In the New Testament the apostle Andrew, the first disciple to join Jesus, is the brother of Simon Peter. According to tradition, he later preached in the Black Sea region, with some legends saying he was crucified on an X-shaped cross. Andrew, being a Greek name, was probably only a nickname or a translation of his real Hebrew name, which is not known.

This name has been common (in various spellings) throughout the Christian world, and it became very popular in the Middle Ages. Saint Andrew is regarded as the patron of Scotland, Russia, Greece and Romania. The name has been borne by three kings of Hungary, American president Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), and, more recently, English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-).

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VARIANT: Andre (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Andie, Andy, Drew (English)
FEMININE FORMS: Andra, Andrea, Andi, Andie, Andrina, Andy, Drea, Malandra (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Andre, Deandre (African American), Andreas (Ancient Greek), Ander (Basque), Andreas (Biblical Greek), Andreas (Biblical Latin), Andrei, Andrey (Bulgarian), Andreu (Catalan), Andria (Corsican), Andrej, Andrija, Andro (Croatian), Andrej, Ondřej (Czech), Anders, Andreas (Danish), André, Andreas, Andries, Dries (Dutch), Andres, Andrus (Estonian), Antero, Antti, Atte, Tero (Finnish), André (French), Andria, Andro (Georgian), André, Andreas (German), Andreas (Greek), Andor, András, Endre, Andris, Bandi (Hungarian), Andrés (Icelandic), Aindréas, Aindriú (Irish), Andrea (Italian), Andrejs, Andris (Latvian), Andrius (Lithuanian), Andrej (Macedonian), Anaru (Maori), Anders, Andreas (Norwegian), Andrzej, Jędrzej (Polish), André (Portuguese), Andrei (Romanian), Andrei, Andrey (Russian), Ándaras (Sami), Andria (Sardinian), Aindrea, Dand (Scottish), Andrej, Andreja, Andrija (Serbian), Andrej, Ondrej (Slovak), Andraž, Andrej (Slovene), Andrés (Spanish), Anders, Andreas (Swedish), Andriy (Ukrainian), Andreas, Andras (Welsh)
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Canada (BC)
2015
  England and Wales
2016
  France
2015
  Ireland
2015
  New Zealand
not
ranked
2016
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Scotland
2016