Gender: Male Meaning of Andrew: "strong and manly" Origin of Andrew: Greek Andrew's Popularity in 2019: #46

Andrew Origin and Meaning

The name Andrew is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "strong and manly".

Andrew is a variant of the Greek name Andreas, ultimately derived from the element aner, meaning “man.” In the New Testament, Andrew was one of the twelve apostles and the first disciple to be called by Jesus. 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 with two of America's most famous artists, Wyeth and Warhol.

Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John. And there's a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, while Drew adds to its sophistication.

Though it has slipped a bit—dropping out of the Top 20 in 2013—Andrew 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.

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

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Rank in US: #46

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Drew, Andy


dayjs Says:


I like the name too.

Annabelle Says:


lol, my dad's name is andrew and he's ginger haired.

HarrietKimberleyG Says:


Trey, Drew and Hank would be good triplet names.

Ruanne Says:


Lol. I'm picturing a yard so full of lawnmowers it cannot be mowed.

Ruanne Says:


I like the Andre variant better. But you still might get called Andy either way. :)

nora.rosenberg Says:


At least there's a person I can agree with.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Someone using Andrew on a girl deserves to be slapped for the shunning and mistreatment her daughter will suffer. Boys should stick with boy names, girls should stick with girl names. They're that for a reason.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Andrew on a girl is just downright ugly and embarrassing. Any girl whose mother names her Andrew should grow up to hate her mother.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Exactly! If someone likes Andrew so darn much, if they have a daughter and want the equivalent name, why not go with Andrea or something along the lines?

Alaina Says:


Andrew is a very cute and handsome name for a little boy! I'm in love with this name!

Kai Says:


Andrew does sound "strong and manly" like its meaning. I love this name. It's a name of a friend who is dear to me, so I may be biased...

Czar Felix Says:


Don't forget butch, Alexander, Giovanni, and Leonidas.

lillismonica Says:


I've always disliked this name intensely. I've known two. Both ginger haired. Annoying, loud, over confident. One, an ex boyfriend who collected lawnmowers. Enough said.

Brittys08 Says:


And nobody seems to note that the meaning of Andrew is, "Strong and Manly"! hahaha!

Dalmatians101 Says:


This is the name of my father, so it being a girls name is a big NO NO.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Considering this one! Strong and handsome and I have a soft spot for Andy!

princessmadison Says:


This name sounds so manly! I love it! It suits any boy at any age and it grows so well! But i do find it overused, there's like 4 Andrews in my grade alone and i have a crush on one of them. <3

TheHumanCanvas Says:


LOVE the meaning!

Leah3456 Says:


My favorite boys name of all time. Andrew is a masculine name that should not be used on girls!

raevynstar Says:


Nice enough name. Not awesome, but definitely solid and usable (unlike some of my other favorites).

Plutophelia Says:


yes I would. I like Phaedra, Ember, Brook and Alba on a boy.

fuzzycub Says:


Would you give a boy a female name?

Addie88 Says:


I love the name Andrew. (I'm not even going to dignify the idea of it as a girls' name with comment.) It would be one of my top choices, if not for the fact that I know too many Andrews already, and wouldn't want any confusion.

caroblaise Says:


In the book "Awoken" by Serra Elinsen, the main character's name is Andromeda, and she goes by Andy : )

Guest Says:


My final comment about this.

The wretched "British Ann Coulter" Katie Hopkins who had very strong opinions about names she claim are low-class (she said names like "Tyler" or "Brandon"........ok) etc and her daughter India's name wasn't related to a place (I literally convulsed at that) did make outrageous statements about parents' naming habits and when I saw that video I realized everyone has their own rules. The 90s video girl Bobbie Brown is just Bobbie (she's a Southern girl) and she's very gorgeous and wears it well but I personally wouldn't name my daughter Bobbie. I like Dylan on a girl but other people may think it's strictly a boy's name. I draw the line at names that are outright masculine like Michael for a girl. And the same for boys. I would never in a million years name a boy Elizabeth. I think a little bit of gender-specificity should be there. I don't want people doing double-takes.

lua Says:


hear hear, Angelicaecb. well-stated. I often worry about this issue because both my sons' names end in 'a' and so many people assume they are girls (because the names are not generally recognizable). This is what I'm hoping for them, to quote Angelicaecb: "Though there would be a few years of raised eyebrows left and right, the
generation of cross gender names would eventually be accepted without a
batted eyelash" - I didn't name them in order to start the transition; we just liked the names. But in hindsight, I'm really hoping their names are just accepted without a batted eyelash. It certainly is that way in preschool :)

Guest Says:


I understand where you're coming but I'm just saying from the experience of someone whose name got teased during childhood that people can be merciless toward other people just because of their name. A parent can have the best intention for naming their daughter Michael Christopher George Elizabeth (oh God--imagine that!) but that child has to face our mostly close-minded society and endure the derision. A name says a lot about a person and their parents and that's a fact unfortunately.

Angelicaecb Says:


I don't think there's a problem with hard names like Andrew becoming excepted as female names, as long as unisex stops meaning "boy names that girls have stolen the rights to" but sadly that doesn't seem to be the case. We seem to be stuck at the thought that male names on girls are edgy/quirky/trendy/try to hard (though they can be) and female names or unisex names (majorly given a female disposition) for boys are an example of cruel punishment.

And in a way it's true for both genders, because sadly I don't see enough people on BOTH sides of the fence with the guts. Because a good reason there's a "problem" with letting the girls "steal" all the previously Male exclusive names, is that no one is letting the boys "steal back" unisex names or previously Female exclusive names, leaving the boys with fewer names to choose from or have on their side as "properly acceptable" for a MAN. And this isn't a good thing unless we do loosen up and destroy the gender line restrictions completely. Which I doubt our society is ready to do (or will likely ever be ready to do.) Considering, it's relatively ok for a girl to dress like a boy (or have a boyish or classic "Male" name) but it's still just not ok for a boy to put on a girls clothes (or have a more feminine sounding, vowel filled, strictly "Female" name.)

Though there would be a few years of raised eyebrows left and right, the generation of cross gender names would eventually be accepted without a batted eyelash, yet I don't think enough people have the naming guts. This leaves the fact that raised eyebrows and confused assumptions wouldn't just fade away and yes, everyone still has to worry about the ridiculous gender lines of femininity and masculinity not wanting to overlap too much and ruin the child's life.

I don't like boy names on girls, there are very few rare exceptions for my preference, doesn't mean I don't know little girls who own their boyish names. So if someone really loves Andrew on a girl and doesn't want it for a boy then fine- I won't shoot them down because I'd never ever choose it myself, but they should also probably support cross gender names the other way too. (NOT saying that if they name a girl Andrew they have to use a girly name for their son)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Michael is not a unisex name either, it's a BOY name that some people use on girls for who knows what reason. I mean gosh! There's Michaela and Michelle, if you don't like these pick a different name!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I agree. People can be so ridiculous. I'm really not sure if they're serious or just trolling, but dang is it annoying!

rinfinnweaseloh Says:


Maybe I'm not realistic when it comes to my hopes for our generation's gendered culture (that would make me illogical, I guess), but I'm really tired of gendered baby names. Who cares if someone sees a boy's name on a girl and automatically think it's a boy, or vice versa? Just because something is traditionally male, does it have to stay that way? Should we teach our children to be ashamed of being mistaken for the other gender? If my daughter is teased for having a "boy's name," I would consider that a teaching opportunity, and I would explain to her that there's nothing shameful in being associated with the male gender, and that I think the world would be a whole lot safer and happier if we could ignore gender stereotypes altogether. I would never give a boy's name on a girl to be "edgy or cool," but I do acknowledge that this is a motivation for some. At least they're starting a gender discussion, which is the only way to help. Now, I'm not going to give my daughter or son an "opposite gender" name just to make them a walking billboard for gender equality, but I do hope for the day that I can name my daughter Andrew without it being seen as illogical.

Elvie23 Says:


I have a cousin named Andrew, and he goes by Drew. I love the informal Drew for everyday use, and how nice and formal Andrew sounds when he needs it. Altogether I think it has a lot going for it.

stuart Says:


Yeah works great for a girl... Right up there with Duncan, Bruce, Trevor, Gunther and Boris... ;-)

Guest Says:


but it's just that, colloquial. informal.

I just don't understand why people on here get so ardent about trying to use a traditional mans name on a girl to be edgy or whatever when you have to think about what the child has to endure. If someone sees Andrew Williams for example on paper they don't think "oh this is a girl whose parents thought it was a cool name to give her" they automatically think it's a boy. I'm just trying to be logical here.

winter128 Says:


You know calling a woman "dude" is the colloquial version of exactly what you're railing against.

Orchid_Lover Says:


I'm not jumping on the "every name needs to be unisex" bandwagon, but I was just thinking about how the name Andromeda (which is one of my favorites) would be a great way to get to the nickname "Andy" for a girl for people who like that sort of thing.

sashapizzarova Says:


Wow, I came here to see comments about the name Andrew and all I see is that you all were so VEHEMENTLY arguing about Andrew for a girl and eye rolling and throwing shade about a BOY'S name, it's so damn immature. Some names are strictly for boys no matter what.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I was wondering the same thing. Andrew isn't a girl name. Whoever brought it up has done a very fiendish thing. This isn't even a pink page...

Analia Says:


Okay well to each their own then :)

Plutophelia Says:


I knew a girl named Michael. prom queen, played on the soccer team. no one ever made fun of her. plus drusilla seems a lot more eyebrow raising to me.

Guest Says:


how in the sam heck did this comment section turn into an argument of "Andrew for a girl" wtf?! You guys are getting crazy.

Analia Says:


well just know that majority of people are gonna assume she's a boy, when she hands in her resume and they read Andrew Smith or James Smith or Matthew Smith they are gonna assume she is male. If you want to name her Andrew, go for it, but I think its just setting up the girl for a struggle to the point where she might just want to go by Andrea or Drusilla. Any child can be named anything, society chooses what is masculine or feminine but you don't have to agree. For instance, suddenly Taylor is becoming a girls name. But if you do name a girl Andrew, she will receive a lot of raised eyebrows, mistakes from strangers, and possibly made fun of as a kid so I don't suggest it.

Guest Says:


I wasn't rolling my eyes at YOU I rolled my eyes at people who use names like George and stuff on girls. ReLAX dude

Plutophelia Says:


just repeating your words. like literally verbatim. see, it's rude when you type *eye roll* in response to someone's comment.

Guest Says:


Look, if you like Andrew for a girl that's great, I really don't give a damn, ok. That's your wonderful opinion. 😒

Plutophelia Says:


*eye roll*

Guest Says:


I'm quite liberal about male names on girls but I just think some should be left alone. Calm down.

Plutophelia Says:


I'm not saying it to be "edgy" or "cool". I think that gendering names is kind of stupid. Maybe instead of being condescending you could at least consider someone else's opinion. THANK YOU.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I don't like Andrew period but on a girl??? Is no name safe anymore??? Using this on a girl would just be mean, to the girl and to any parents expecting a boy!

Guest Says:


The only female Drew I've ever really heard of was Drew Barrymore and that was a family name. It's like no names are safe nowadays. Next thing you know it'll be Jonathan and Adam and Patrick and Frederick on girls because it's "edgy and cool". *eye roll* I do like some boy names for girls like Dylan and such but some should just be left alone. And vice versa

Plutophelia Says:


people use the name andre on their daughters.....and also Drew. Both of those names also mean "manly" but they also mean strength which doesn't necessarily equate to masculinity. I think, though, that taking meanings literally is a bit silly at this point. I mean picking a name for its meaning is awesome, but should it be the end all be all of a name? I mean look at Hailey! It means bail of hay, and yet it is still a lovely name! Or, how about Kennedy! It means deformed head, and yet it is still a handsome name1 And Cameron which means crooked nose is still well used.

CocoWhite Says:


I kind of agree. Drew and Andy both work as girls names, so why not Andrew?

Guest Says:


Really?! "Manly" for a girl?

Plutophelia Says:


well I mean Taylor is unisex and now people re using James for both boys and girls so why not?

Guest Says:


Drew maybe but definitely not Andrew. I cringe at the thought. Andrea is so pretty. Andrea itself gets used for boys a lot in Italy I know

Nooshi Says:


I think it would be kind of sweet on a girl. I much prefer it on a boy, but there a some boys names that I personally prefer for girls, like Dominic, August and Darius (I know a girl with this name, and she has definitely made it her own). The nn's Andy and Drew are lovely too, especially Andy. Andrew is a lovely name regardless, and it is just horses for courses really.

Guest Says:


Lol don't know how my little nephew named Andrew would feel about his name becoming unisex

Plutophelia Says:


I actually think this would make a great girls name! Am I wrong? I like it a lot more than Andrea.