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Andrew

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Quick Facts on Andrew

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 22
Pronunciation:
AN-droo
Simple meaning:
Manly, brave

Characteristics of Andrew

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Andrew

Andrew is the anglicized (English) form of the Greek name “Andreas” meaning “manly, brave”, stemming from the ancient Greek ἀνήρ (aner), genitive 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. Andrew was an early-adopter of Christ’s message and is often referred to as “First Called”. As a 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 The saint’s Feast Day is November 30 (for more information on St. Andrew, see historical references below). Andrew has long been a hugely popular boys’ name in the English-speaking world, but especially in Scotland. Right now, this name is most popular in the United States (ranked on the Top 20 list), followed by Scotland. Andrew also enjoys high marks in Canada and Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Andrew

The name Andrew has maintained Top 100 rankings as a baby boy’s name in the United States for well over a hundred years. A “manly” name choice, Andrew clearly has staying power. Since the early 1980’s, the name Andrew has consistently remained on the Top 20 list of most popular boys’ names. Andrew’s popularity is mainly owed to its Biblical reference, but its endurance has something to do with its timelessness. Andrew does not come across as outdated like some of the older “English” sounding names (George, Edward). While still popular in England, Ireland and Wales, the name is thought to be most distinctly Scottish sounding (they love this name in Scotland). Shortened versions of the name (Andy and Drew) also provide flexibility further securing its popularity.
Popularity of the Boy Name Andrew
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Andrew

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Andrew

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Andrew

    Andrew We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Andrew.

  • Popular Songs on Andrew

    Popular Songs on Andrew

    J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) - A song by Green Day

    St. Andrew's Fall - A song by Blind Melon

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Andrew

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Andrew

    "Andrew Lost" series of books (J.C. Greenburg) - A wonderful series of books about a boy named Andrew whose many adventures kept young readers (especially boys!) riveted. Because Andrew is shrunk to a level we don't normally see, we get an "up close" look at things through his experiences, as well as some important learning lessons along the way. Recommended reading for ages 7-10.

    Andrew's Bath (David McPhail) - Andrew's first all-by-himself bath proves an adventurous experience. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.

    Freckle Juice (Judy Blume) - Andrew's friend Nicky has tons of freckles. Andrew wants to have them as well. When he asks Nicky how he got them, Sharon overhears his question and later offers to sell him a recipe for freckle juice. Andrew buys the recipe, makes up a batch, and the unexpected happens... Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Andrew

    Famous People Named Andrew

    Famous People Named Andrew - Andrew Jackson (7th U.S. President); Andrew Johnson (17th U.S. President); Andrew Blake (film director); Andrew Dice Clay (comic); Andrew Cuomo (politician); Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer); Andy Warhol (artist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Andrew

    Children of Famous People Named Andrew

    Famous People who Named their Son Andrew - Aileen Getty (aristocrat); Andrew Johnson (President); Erma Bombeck (humorist); Larry Hagman (actor); Queen elizabeth II (Queen of England); Ralph Lauren (designer); Rudy Giuliani (politician); Ted Koppel (news anchor)

  • Historic Figures

    Andrew - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Andrew Jackson (15 Mar 1767 - 8 Jun 1845) - Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States, serving terms between 1829 and 1837. He ran his campaign on his celebrated war-hero status, having defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans. As such, he was extremely popular with the common man and adroitly manipulated their support into office. His 1828 bid for presidency was often considered the “dirtiest” campaign in history, and his opponents referred to him as “Jackass” (which he promptly adopted as the mascot of his Democratic party). As an iron-willed, intimidating manager with a furious temper, people either loved him or hated him. Unafraid, he made politics personal and he abhorred losing. He was given the nickname “Old Hickory” as homage to his toughness.

    Andrew Warhola (6 Aug 1928 – 22 Feb 1987) - Andy Warhol is an internationally celebrated American artist most known as the leading figure in the pop art movement of the late 1950’s. Some of his most notable works include “Eight Elvises” (1963) and “Campbell’s Soup I” (1968). He is one of the few artists whose works have commanded as much as $100 million in private auction. An eccentric man, Andy Warhol led a colorful life in the Manhattan art and social scenes of the 60’s and 70’s. He is also known for coining the phrase “fifteen minutes of fame.”

    Saint 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 is translated "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 by a monk 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 Boy Name Andrew

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Andrew

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