Meaning and Origin of: Andrews
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First name origins & meanings:
- Greek : Valiant, courageous
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Last name origin & meaning:
- English : patronymic from the personal name Andrew. This is the usual southern English patronymic form, also found in Wales; the Scottish and northern English form is Anderson. In North America this name has absorbed numerous cases of the various European cognates and their derivatives. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.)
- This was a common name among the early settlers in New England. Robert Andrews emigrated in 1635 from Norwich, England, to Ipswich, MA. Even before 1635, one Thomas Andrews is recorded as being established in Hingham. A certain William Andrews was a member of John Davenport’s company, which sailed from Boston in 1638 to found the New Haven colony.