Girl Baby Name

Andrea

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Quick Facts on Andrea

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Italian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 110
Pronunciation:
ANN-dree-uh, AHN-dree-ah or ann-DRAY-ah
Simple meaning:
Manly

Characteristics of Andrea

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Andrea

For the most part, Andrea is considered the female equivalent of Andrew; however, it also happens to be the Italian masculine form of Andreas (which is the Biblical Greek form of Andrew). Andreas (Ανδρεας) basically means “manly”, derived from the Greek “aner” (ἀνήρ) which is the possessive of “anthrōpos” (man). As a masculine given name, Andrew’s long endurance is owed to a 1st century Disciple of Christ, St. Andrew. In fact, along with his brother Simon-Peter, Andrew was one of the first disciples called by Jesus in the New Testament. In essence, Andrew was an “early-adopter” of Christ’s message and is often referred to as “First Called”. A “manly” Galilean fisherman by trade, St. Andrew was initially a disciple of John the Baptist and one of the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. After the Resurrection, St. Andrew went on to preach in Asia Minor and Greece. He became one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages and was chosen to be the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Scotland. The saint’s Feast Day is November 30 (for more information on St. Andrew, see historical references below). The English borrowed Andrew from the Old French “Andreu” (now André) sometime around the 11th century. The female equivalent (i.e., Andrea) did not appear until the 17th century. Today Andrea is a super popular boy’s name in Italy. As a female given name, Andrea does well in Spain, Catalonia, Croatia, Norway, the United States and France.

Popularity of the Name Andrea

Andrea has been in circulation as a baby girl’s name in the United States since the late 19th century; although it didn’t gain any real success until the 1940s. Andrea’s most fashionable years of usage were during the 1970s and 80s, peaking on the popularity charts at position #23 in 1978. In fact, Andrea has maintained Top 100 positioning in America for over 50 consecutive years (although she’s quite close to falling off that list – ranked #99 in 2012). We’re not quite sure what it owes its endurance to in the U.S., because it’s currently not on the Top 100 list in other English-speaking countries. It is, however, quite popular for las niñas in Spain, so perhaps Hispanic-Americans are influencing the name’s persistent usage. Despite Andrea’s “manly” etymology, the name sounds both strong and feminine. It would be a fitting name for a little tom-boy, and the pet form, Andie, provides a cute alternative.
Popularity of the Girl Name Andrea
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Andrea

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Andrea

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Andrea

    Andrea "Andy" Sachs (The Devil Wears Prada) Andy is the much put-upon heroine of The Devil Wears Prada, the popular 2004 novel by Lauren Weisberger, made into an equally popular 2006 movie starring Anne Hathaway as Andy and Myrl Streep as her boss from you-know-where, Miranda Priestly. Andrea is a recent starry eyed college graduate with dreams of becoming a serious journalist in New York. Her first job, however, is as an assistant to Editor in Chief Priestly at the fictional style magazine, Runway. Thrust into the fast paced world of high fashion, rubbing elbows with the glitterati rather than the literati, and feeling she is losing her soul, Andrea struggles to keep up with the demands of her boss and maintain her own dreams intact. Hilarious and poignant by turns, both book and movie align us squarely with Andy in that determination, with a final, triumphant resolution.

    Andrea Treschi (Cry to Heaven) Andrea is the is the father of the main character in Anne Rice’s highly acclaimed 1991 novel, "Cry To Heaven," a lush tale of castrati in 18th century Italy. He is a highly influential and powerful figure in political circles, who bears a terrible family secret that he keeps from his son, Tonio – he has cut his older son, Carlo, out of the family. Andrea’s action unintentionally has dire results for his son, Tonio, as Carolo returns after their father’s death and extracts a terrible revenge.

  • Popular Songs on Andrea

    Popular Songs on Andrea

    Andrea - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Andrea.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Andrea

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Andrea

    Andrea - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Andrea.

  • Famous People Named Andrea

    Famous People Named Andrea

    Famous People Named Andrea - Andrea Anders (actress); Andrea Bowen (actress); Andrea Barber (actress); Andrea Feldman (actress/Warhol muse); Andrea Leeds (actress); Andrea Martin (actress/comic); Andrea Evans (daytime actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Andrea

    Children of Famous People Named Andrea

    Famous People who Named their Child Andrea - Allyce Beasley (actress); Marilyn Beck (gossip columnist); Michael Dukakis (politician); Princess Caroline of Monaco (royalty); Sally Jesse Raphael (TV personality); Ted Koppel (news anchor); Tom Brokaw (news anchor)

  • Historic Figures

    Andrea - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    St. Andrew (1st Century) - Saint Andrew was a fisherman in Galilee at the time of Jesus in the first century. He and his brother, Peter, were the first disciples called upon by Jesus. "Immediately they left their nets and followed him." (Matthew 4:20). St. Andrew is often referred to as the Strong Apostle – a man of courage, valor, and manliness. Even his name has noble meaning, coming from the Greek word "andreios", which translates to "manly, brave". Whoever dares to follow Christ must be andreios (manly, courageous), an Andrew. As the first to follow Jesus, along with John the Baptist, many old manuscripts refer to him with the title of honor: "the first-called." St. Andrew went onto preach after the Resurrection and is traditionally believed to have been martyred on an “X” shaped cross, which is how he is often artistically rendered. The patron saint of Scotland, legend has it that St. Andrew’s bones were brought to modern-day St. Andrew, Scotland after being called upon by an angel to carry the relics “towards the ends of the earth” and erect a church to house the bones. Present day St. Andrew is home to the famous golf course as well as the third oldest university in the U.K. (St. Andrews University) after Oxford and Cambridge.

Personality of the Girl Name Andrea

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Andrea

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