Andrew Name Meaning

In a male name, everyone loves a good bit of brawn once in awhile and that’s where Andrew comes in. With a meaning like “manly and powerful” Andrew has all the masculinity you could want in a name and more.

Religious parents love his biblical background, appearing as one of the apostles who would later be christened Saint Andrew. He isn’t often associated with more obvious biblical names like Noah or Moses, but he’s just as lovely.

A lasting favorite in the States, Andrew has always appeared in the Top 100 list of boy names. He has an edge over other classics like Michael and James, avoiding the years of overuse to remain a timeless wonder. Like Ryan and Matthew, he has a good amount of boy next door charm that can’t be ignored.

He’s appeared in history as kings and politicians, leading countless men with his words and wisdom. A little Andrew may perhaps inherit that same inner drive to inspire, making a name for himself with his charisma and talents. He isn’t shy when it comes to voicing his opinion or getting involved, always ready to lend a helping hand or to speak up for what’s right.

Andrew has a few nicknames up his sleeves from the adorable Andy to the matured Drew. He also has an interesting variant in Andre, an abbreviated choice with a killer sound.

Infographic of Andrew name meaning, which is A variant of the Greek Andreas, Andrew means manly and powerful.
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Andrew Name Popularity

How popular is the name Andrew? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Andrew was the 43rd most popular boys name, representing 0.5257% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Andrew has been the 20th most popular boys name, representing 0.8514% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 43 845 0.24%
1911 42 1,066 0.2863%
1912 44 1,922 0.3811%
1913 47 2,204 0.3887%
1914 44 2,957 0.4243%
1915 46 3,562 0.3921%
1916 46 3,716 0.3847%
1917 48 3,739 0.3737%
1918 46 4,134 0.3852%
1919 47 3,849 0.3676%
1920 49 4,019 0.3615%
1921 51 4,010 0.3502%
1922 53 3,790 0.3402%
1923 53 3,740 0.3339%
1924 56 3,743 0.3223%
1925 56 3,605 0.3189%
1926 59 3,333 0.303%
1927 56 3,433 0.3101%
1928 60 3,133 0.2928%
1929 59 3,072 0.2966%
1930 62 3,053 0.2923%
1931 65 2,706 0.2742%
1932 69 2,636 0.2668%
1933 76 2,329 0.25%
1934 76 2,443 0.2527%
1935 84 2,282 0.2348%
1936 84 2,265 0.2351%
1937 79 2,389 0.2424%
1938 82 2,395 0.2339%
1939 83 2,432 0.2391%
1940 84 2,424 0.2281%
1941 82 2,693 0.2393%
1942 80 3,135 0.2483%
1943 79 3,339 0.2558%
1944 81 3,046 0.2458%
1945 86 2,995 0.2456%
1946 84 3,750 0.2541%
1947 82 4,338 0.2599%
1948 77 4,303 0.2695%
1949 75 4,512 0.2805%
1950 68 4,926 0.3059%
1951 68 5,378 0.3172%
1952 68 5,574 0.3193%
1953 68 5,623 0.3177%
1954 70 5,646 0.3089%
1955 66 6,015 0.327%
1956 56 6,594 0.3491%
1957 56 6,986 0.363%
1958 55 7,105 0.3759%
1959 58 7,092 0.3733%
1960 51 8,209 0.4333%
1961 52 8,480 0.4492%
1962 49 8,703 0.4741%
1963 42 9,521 0.5304%
1964 37 10,499 0.5965%
1965 37 9,679 0.5919%
1966 36 10,232 0.6553%
1967 35 9,976 0.6574%
1968 34 10,565 0.7036%
1969 33 11,290 0.7328%
1970 32 11,999 0.754%
1971 33 10,924 0.727%
1972 30 10,125 0.7434%
1973 29 10,735 0.828%
1974 28 11,784 0.9066%
1975 28 12,767 0.9935%
1976 27 13,317 1.0333%
1977 24 16,034 1.1895%
1978 21 16,741 1.2452%
1979 20 18,635 1.3216%
1980 19 19,729 1.3493%
1981 18 20,232 1.3764%
1982 17 22,838 1.5283%
1983 15 25,578 1.7333%
1984 14 25,921 1.7425%
1985 11 30,168 1.9876%
1986 8 33,856 2.2429%
1987 6 36,204 2.3724%
1988 5 35,738 2.2933%
1989 7 34,811 2.1572%
1990 7 33,657 2.0306%
1991 5 31,529 1.9343%
1992 5 30,535 1.913%
1993 10 27,316 1.7521%
1994 10 26,009 1.6948%
1995 11 25,851 1.7153%
1996 10 25,234 1.6853%
1997 7 25,196 1.7036%
1998 9 23,654 1.5804%
1999 7 23,854 1.5929%
2000 7 23,639 1.5474%
2001 7 22,406 1.4871%
2002 6 22,017 1.4692%
2003 5 22,150 1.456%
2004 6 21,699 1.4237%
2005 6 20,727 1.3556%
2006 7 19,718 1.2593%
2007 10 18,446 1.1691%
2008 12 16,756 1.0841%
2009 16 14,858 0.9941%
2010 14 14,236 0.9879%
2011 16 13,272 0.9316%
2012 18 12,617 0.8854%
2013 22 11,649 0.8182%
2014 22 11,151 0.7654%
2015 30 10,096 0.6939%
2016 34 9,376 0.6503%
2017 40 8,215 0.5886%
2018 43 7,222 0.5257%

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Names Like Andrew

If you like Andrew, you’ll love these other names like Andrew.


What names are diminutives of Andrew?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Andrew sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Andrew, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Andie

Man, warrior

Greek

Andy

Manly

English

#366 (0.061%)  
Dandie

Man, warrior

Greek

Dandy

Man, warrior

Greek

Drew

Wise

Welsh

#455 (0.0432%)  
Dru

Man, warrior; wise; loved one

Welsh

#2,227 (0.0009%)  
Drud

Man, warrior

Greek

Drue

Man, warrior; wise

Welsh

Drugi

Man, warrior

Greek


What names are variants of Andrew?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Andrew.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Adem

Earth; man, warrior

Hebrew

#2,155 (0.0009%)  
Aindrea

Man, warrior

Greek

Aindreas

Man, warrior

Greek

Analu

Polynesian

Ander

Lion man

Scandinavian

#1,226 (0.0058%)  
Anders

A variant form, regarded as Danish, of Andrew.

Scandinavian

#759 (0.0175%)  
Andonia

Man, warrior

Greek

Andor

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrae

French

#2,766 (0.0004%)  
Andras

Man, warrior

Greek

Andre

Manly

French

#273 (0.0916%)  
Andrea

Man, warrior

Greek

#2,508 (0.0005%)  
Andreas

Man

Greek

#1,247 (0.0057%)  
Andrei

Man, warrior

Greek

#1,630 (0.0025%)  
Andrej

Man, warrior

Greek

Andres

Manly

Spanish

#214 (0.1246%)  
Andresj

Man, warrior

Greek

Andreus

Spanish

Andrewes

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrews

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrey

Man, warrior

Greek

#1,606 (0.0026%)  
Andrezj

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrian

Russian

Andric

Slavic

Andriel

Man, warrior

Greek

Andries

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrij

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrija

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrik

Slavic

Andris

French

Andrius

Man, warrior

Spanish

Andro

Man, warrior

Greek

Andros

Man, warrior

Greek

Andru

Man, warrior

Greek

Andruw

Man, warrior

Greek

Andrzej

Man, warrior

Greek

Antero

Man, warrior

Greek

Mandrew

Man, warrior

Greek

Ohndrae

Man, warrior

Greek

Ohndre

Man, warrior

Greek

Ohnrey

Man, warrior

Greek

Ondre

Greek

Ondrei

Man, warrior

Greek

Ondrej

Man, warrior

Greek

Ondrey

Man, warrior

Greek


What names sound like Andrew?

If you like how Andrew sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Andrew.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anakin

Warrior

American

#786 (0.0162%)  
Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

#328 (0.0705%)  
Ansel

Follower of a nobleman

French

#1,122 (0.0074%)  
Anslea

Hermitage field

English

Ansleigh

Hermitage field

English

Ansley

Hermitage field

English

Anson

“The son of Ann,” from the Anglo-Saxon.

English

#875 (0.013%)  
Anthony

Unknown meaning

Latin

#38 (0.5825%)  
Antoine

The French form of Antony or Anthony.

French

#964 (0.0107%)  
Anton

The German and Russian form of Antony or Anthony.

Slavic

#1,028 (0.0092%)  
Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

#163 (0.1694%)  
Antony

A variant form of Anthony.

Latin

#1,496 (0.0033%)  
Bartholemew

Son of Tolmai

Hebrew

Bartholomew

Son of Talmai (the farmer)

Aramaic

#2,226 (0.0009%)  
Crew

Group

Latin

#557 (0.0322%)  
Matthew

Gift of God

Hebrew

#20 (0.7223%)  
Stew

What names are similar to Andrew?

Find a name that’s like Andrew, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
David

Beloved

Hebrew

#22 (0.7058%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
James

Supplanter

English

#4 (0.9844%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

#14 (0.8458%)  
Nathan

He gave

Hebrew

#48 (0.4934%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Andrew

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Siblings of Andrew

Mamas with kids named Andrew also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

#2 (1.3044%)  
Tristan

Sadness

Welsh

#123 (0.2321%)  
Ariana

Most holy

Latin

#68 (0.27%)  
Adam

Man

Hebrew

#79 (0.3397%)  
Gregory

Watchful

Greek

#403 (0.0537%)  
Brian

High and noble

English

#234 (0.1161%)  
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#4 (1.0528%)  

13 Comments

  1. After long deliberations with my husband we finally settled on Andrew. It was the only name we could agree upon.

  2. I chose Andrew because it means “brave,strong,manly”

  3. It’s his dads name. I like it because it runs in the family for generations.

  4. Andrew means Manly; brave. In the bible the first of the twelve apostles chosen. Andrew is patron saint of Scotland and Russia. His middle name is Joseph which is May Jehovah add/give increase.

  5. Andrew is our 10th baby. We didnt know the gender before he was born and were all set with a girl name, but my husband and I have a hard time agreeing to boy names! We now have 6 boys and 4 girls!

    We wanted a name starting with “X” since he is our 10th but the only decent “X” name is Xavier, which is a fine name but I couldn’t commit to it for the rest of his life LOL! He just didn’t look like an Xavier. I had my heart set on Benicio. I love that it sounds tall dark and handsome (so Italian!), but hubby just wasn’t on board. And yet, all along I kept looking at my baby thinking “he looks like an Andrew” (Andrew wasn’t on our list, it’s already taken in my family).
    The hospital had given us only 5 days to make a decision before they would file birth cert as “baby boy” and we were on the 5th day! Benicio and Xavier were causing such arguments between me and my hubby that we just had to get away from those names. I came up with Andrew Edward (Edward after St. Edward the Confessor) and right away my husband agreed and said “I like it, he looks like an Andrew Edward”! (We decided it was fine to use my nephews name since they’re 18 yrs apart and have different last names).
    It turns out that St Andrew (an apostle of Jesus) was martyred for his Catholic faith and his persecutors were going to crucify him. St. Andrew refused to die in the same manner as Jesus, so he was martyred on an X-shaped cross. So the X that I wanted was there in Andrew’s name all along!! I knew the name Andrew fit him, and now I know it’s perfect! God reveals Himself in beautiful ways!

  6. I named my son Andrew because it’s a biblical name. Not only that but I named him after my mother because her name is Andie.

  7. My boyfriend named him andrew after his dads dad

  8. We were told to terminate the pregnancy at 15 weeks due to some anomalies they found. We left it in God’s hands and continued with the pregnancy. We were advised to be prepared to bury our son before his first birthday. On June 17th I had a c-section and delivered a beautiful, healthy baby boy. We chose Andrew because it means strong and brave. Middle name is Matthias because it means gift from God

  9. I choose Andrew because Andrew was my dad’s name and I named him after him

  10. Tomorrow Andrew will be 8 weeks old. I like Andrew because it is my older brother’s middle name. His nickname will be Andy and that was my husbands older brother’s name that passed away. It’s not a crazy new generational name, it’s kind of old school to me but not so much that it sounds like an old man’s name.

  11. We chose the name Andrew kinda last minute, my husband wanted to honor a deceased cousin with the same name. And then we gave him his daddy’s middle name. It fit him well,even if I did not get a lot of say in his name. Andrew was a surprise.

  12. My husbands middle name is Andrew and he always secretly wished it was his first name. When we found out we were having a son it seemed like the perfect name!

  13. Flowed with our last name and other child name


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