Latinized form of the Greek Ανδροκλης (Androkles)
meaning "glory of a man"
, derived from ανηρ (aner)
meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος
) and κλεος (kleos)
meaning "glory". This was the name of a man who pulled a thorn from a lion's paw in one of Aesop's fables.