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Gender: M Meaning of Andrew: "strong and manly" Origin of Andrew: Greek Andrew's Popularity in 2012: #18

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Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John, and a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, Drew adds to its sophistication. Though it has slipped a bit, it was firmly in the Top 10 for more than two recent decades, and in one Harvard research study by sociologist Stanley Liberson it was the leading boys' name chosen by highly educated parents.

In the New Testament, Andrew was one of the twelve apostles and the first disciple to be called by Jesus and, although the origins of the name are Greek, Andrew is the patron saint of both Scotland and Russia, as well as Greece. It has associations of two of America's most famous artists, Wyeth and Warhol.

Andrew also has several appealing foreign manifestations that are sometimes used in the US, including Andre (French), Andrei (Russian), Andres (Spanish), Andrea (Italian), Andreas (German, Dutch and Greek), and Anders (Norwegian and Swedish).

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Famous People Named Andrew

Andrew Dennis Biersack, lead singer of rock band Black Veil Brides
Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States
Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States
Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer
Andrew Zimmern, chef and TV personality
Andrew Garfield, actor
Andrew Lincoln, British actor
Andrew Carnegie, industrialist
Andrew Wyeth, artist
Andrew Schmucker, Amish man from reality show "Breaking Amish: LA"
Andrew Rannells, actor
Andrew Ference, Canadian NHL Hockey player
Andrew Shue, American actor
Andrew "Andy" Lawrence, American actor
Andrew Miller, brother of actress Addy Miller
Andrew Christopher Brown, lead singer of band Lawson & songwritter
Andrew Cavarno, American actor; twin brother Steven Cavarno
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Andrew 'Andy' Murray, Scottish tennis player
Andrew Reynolds, pro skateboarder
Andrew Boulton Firestone, American reality TV star
Andrew Hussie, creator of the MS Paint Adventure Series

Pop Culture References for the Name Andrew

Andrew Largeman, from the movie "Garden State" played by Zach Braff
Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, protagonist in Orson S. Card's Ender's Game

Andy, Drew