Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Andrea

For the most part, Andrea is considered the female equivalent of Andrew; however, it also happens to be the Italian masculine form of Andreas (which is the Biblical Greek form of Andrew). Andreas (Ανδρεας) basically means “manly”, derived from the Greek “aner” (ἀνήρ) which is the possessive of “anthrōpos” (man). As a masculine given name, Andrew’s long endurance is owed to a 1st century Disciple of Christ, St. Andrew. In fact, along with his brother Simon-Peter, Andrew was one of the first disciples called by Jesus in the New Testament. In essence, Andrew was an “early-adopter” of Christ’s message and is often referred to as “First Called”. A “manly” Galilean fisherman by trade, St. Andrew was initially a disciple of John the Baptist and one of the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. After the Resurrection, St. Andrew went on to preach in Asia Minor and Greece. He became one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages and was chosen to be the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Scotland. The saint’s Feast Day is November 30 (for more information on St. Andrew, see historical references below). The English borrowed Andrew from the Old French “Andreu” (now André) sometime around the 11th century. The female equivalent (i.e., Andrea) did not appear until the 17th century. Today Andrea is a super popular boy’s name in Italy. As a female given name, Andrea does well in Spain, Catalonia, Croatia, Norway, the United States and France.

All About the Baby Name – Andrea

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ANDREA

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ANDREA

Andrea has been in circulation as a baby girl’s name in the United States since the late 19th century; although it didn’t gain any real success until the 1940s. Andrea’s most fashionable years of usage were during the 1970s and 80s, peaking on the popularity charts at position #23 in 1978. In fact, Andrea has maintained Top 100 positioning in America for over 50 consecutive years (although she’s quite close to falling off that list – ranked #99 in 2012). We’re not quite sure what it owes its endurance to in the U.S., because it’s currently not on the Top 100 list in other English-speaking countries. It is, however, quite popular for las niñas in Spain, so perhaps Hispanic-Americans are influencing the name’s persistent usage. Despite Andrea’s “manly” etymology, the name sounds both strong and feminine. It would be a fitting name for a little tom-boy, and the pet form, Andie, provides a cute alternative.

Quick Facts

ON ANDREA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

110

PRONUNCIATION:

ANN-dree-uh, AHN-dree-ah or ann-DRAY-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Manly

Characteristics

OF ANDREA

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Andrea

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ANDREA

Andy is the much put-upon heroine of The Devil Wears Prada, the popular 2004 novel by Lauren Weisberger, made into an equally popular 2006 movie starring Anne Hathaway as Andy and Myrl Streep as her boss from you-know-where, Miranda Priestly. Andrea is a recent starry eyed college graduate with dreams of becoming a serious journalist in New York. Her first job, however, is as an assistant to Editor in Chief Priestly at the fictional style magazine, Runway. Thrust into the fast paced world of high fashion, rubbing elbows with the glitterati rather than the literati, and feeling she is losing her soul, Andrea struggles to keep up with the demands of her boss and maintain her own dreams intact. Hilarious and poignant by turns, both book and movie align us squarely with Andy in that determination, with a final, triumphant resolution.

Andrea is the is the father of the main character in Anne Rice’s highly acclaimed 1991 novel, "Cry To Heaven," a lush tale of castrati in 18th century Italy. He is a highly influential and powerful figure in political circles, who bears a terrible family secret that he keeps from his son, Tonio – he has cut his older son, Carlo, out of the family. Andrea’s action unintentionally has dire results for his son, Tonio, as Carolo returns after their father’s death and extracts a terrible revenge.

Popular Songs

ON ANDREA

Pablo and Andrea
a song by Yo La Tengo

Famous People

NAMED ANDREA

Andrea Anders (actress)
Andrea Bowen (actress)
Andrea Barber (actress)
Andrea Feldman (actress/Warhol muse)
Andrea Leeds (actress)
Andrea Martin (actress/comic)
Andrea Evans (daytime actress)
Andrea Anders (actress)
Andrea Bowen (actress)
Andrea Barber (actress)
Andrea Feldman (actress/Warhol muse)
Andrea Leeds (actress)
Andrea Martin (actress/comic)
Andrea Evans (daytime actress)
Andrea Anders (actress)
Andrea Bowen (actress)
Andrea Barber (actress)
Andrea Feldman (actress/Warhol muse)
Andrea Leeds (actress)
Andrea Martin (actress/comic)
Andrea Evans (daytime actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ANDREA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Andrea

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ANDREA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Andrea