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Sf. Andrei (Saint Andrew) is the patron saint of Romania. Saint Andrew/Sf. Andrei is called "The First of the Apostles". In Romania is a cave called "Pestera Sfantului Andrei/Saint Andrew's Cave". The legend said that in that cave lived Sf. Andrei/Saint Andrew when he came to upper Tracia (today Dobrogea/Romania).
If Andrew is a translation of his name, that means his Hebrew name is Adam.
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 the only Greek translation of his real Hebrew name, which was Gavri'EL.
The meaning of Gavri'EL or Gavriel ist "My strength from God" or "The strong through God" and the Greek translation of Andrew from the Greek adjective "Andreios" is similar and equally meaning - it means "The Strong" or "The Brave" or "The Strength".
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