Drew, which projects a polished, somewhat intellectiual impression, is rapidly becoming the Andrew nickname of choice, replacing the past favorite, Andy. It is fully capable of standing on its own, which it has for many decades, non-stop since 1942. It now ranks at Number 285.
There have been Drews in several iconic movies, such as "Deliverance" and "Steel Magnolias" and on TV in "Parenthood" and "Everybody Hates Chris." High-profile Drews include Superbowl-winning Brees, comedian Carey and singer-songwriter Lachey. Drew Barrymore brought it over to the girls' side, but it has never ranked very high there.
Drew is an elegant formerly male-only alternative to Andy that is now in the stylishly upscale Paige-Brooke-Blair sorority, thanks largely to Drew Barrymore. Barrymore comes by her first name legitimately: it was the maiden name of her paternal great-grandmother, Georgie Drew Barrymore, one of many esteemed actors in her family history.