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PronouncedPron.AN-droo English

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-).
VariantAndre English
DiminutivesAndie, Andy, Drew English
Feminine FormsAndra, Andrea, Andi, Andie, Andrina, Andy, Drea, Malandra English
Other Languages & CulturesAndre, 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


Depiction of Saint Andrew by José de Ribera (1616)Depiction of Saint Andrew by José de Ribera (1616)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute