Names That Mean Manly

  1. Andrew
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      During its Top 10 heyday in the late 90s and early oughts, Andrew was one of the "cooler" classic boy names, an update on the old guard Roberts and Richards.
  2. Drew
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Drew, which projects a polished, somewhat intellectual 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.
  3. Anders
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian variation of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Friendly, unusual, but a decidedly Old Country version of Andrew and one of the classic Scandinavian names. It made a brief appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2006 and then reentered in 2010. Its rising popularity could be attributed to the interest in Anderson, which has been gaining steadily over the last fifteen years.

      Trivia tidbits: The patronymic Andersson is the second most popular surname in Sweden, and in Denmark, Donald Duck is called Anders.

  4. Andreas
    • Origin:

      Original New Testament Greek variation of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Andreas is a beautiful name, with the patina of an Old Master painting, one that could make a dashing namesake for an Uncle Andrew.
  5. Andrea
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Andrew, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Andrea — a feminine form of Andrew (and a male name in several European cultures) — comes with a good selection of pronunciations — ANN-dree-a, AHN-dree-a, or ahn-DRAY-a — each with a slightly different image: girl next door/slightly affected/downright mysterious
  6. Andrea
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Andrew, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Andrea may be a gender neutral name in its native Italy and other European countries, but in the US it's 98 percent a girls' name, with only about 20 males to more than 1800 baby girl given that name in the most recent year counted.
  7. Andre
    • Origin:

      French and Portuguese variation of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Andre is one of the international forms of Andrew that has been familiar in the English-speaking world for decades without any need to be overly Anglicized - though round the world, it is more likely to be written as André.
  8. Andie
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Andrea, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Boyish nicknames for girls are all the rage — just look at the success of Charlie, Frankie, Stevie, Billie, and Scottie in recent years. Andie has history as a nickname for Andrea, popularized by actress Andie Macdowell.
  9. Drew
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Drew is an elegant formerly male-only alternative to Andy that joined 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, Georgiana 'Georgie' Drew Barrymore, one of many esteemed actors in her family history.
  10. Andres
    • Origin:

      Spanish form of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      The Spanish form of Andrew is popular enough in the US to rank near the Top 200. As Andrew, Andy, and Drew feel less fresh, Andres is still up-and-coming, with a global feel that could travel well anywhere. Andres has been used in the US dating all the way back to when name data began to be kept, and has never fallen out of the Top 1000. Despite this, it has only been since the 90s that Andres has cracked the Top 200. Andre is a similar-sounding alternative that has French and Portuguese roots.
  11. Andrei
    • Origin:

      Russian form of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "manly"
    • Description:

      Russian, Belarusian, Romanian and Bulgarian form of Andrew
  12. Andor
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "manly"
    • Description:

      Unusual but accessible multi-cultural choice. In Greek culture, one of many variations of Andreas, including Androu and Ander.
  13. Fergal
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "brave, manly"
    • Description:

      Very common in early Ireland and still in use there today, it was the name of an eighth century high king and also a saint. Not as well known in this country as Fergus, Fergal is currently appearing as a character on the TV series Catastrophe.
  14. Andras
    • Origin:

      Hungarian variation of Andrew, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      András is the form of Andrew used in Hungary, where it is a Top 50 boy name.
  15. Dree
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Andrea, feminine form of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      This unique one-syllable name was added to the mix by Mariel Hemingway for her now grown model/actress daughter; it could make a distinctive middle name or Bree substitute.
  16. Antero
    • Origin:

      Finnish variation of Andrew, English from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong, manly"
    • Description:

      The Finnish form of Andrew is featured in mythology as Antero Vipunen, a giant in Finland's national legend the Kalevala
  17. Tero
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Antero, Finnish
    • Meaning:

      "strong, manly"
    • Description:

      A common nickname for Antero, the Finnish variation of Andrew.
  18. Arsène
    • Origin:

      French variation of Arsenios
    • Meaning:

      "virile, manly"
    • Description:

      Derived from the Latin Arsenius — itself from the Greek Arsenios — Arsène is both a given name and surname in France.
  19. Andrey
    • Origin:

      Russian form of Andrew
    • Meaning:

      "manly"
    • Description:

      Variant transcription of Andrei
  20. Andrus
    • Origin:

      Estonian
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Estonian variation of Andrew.