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ALPHAPEDIA

MEANING OF ANDREW IN THE BIBLE

  • Male gender
  • English, Biblical use
  • Pronounced AN-droo 
  • Origin of the name: Greek

Meaning and History

English form of the Greek name Ανδρεας (Andreas), which is derived from ανδρειος (andreios) meaning “manly, masculine”, a derivative of ανηρ (aner) meaning “man”, virility, a Greek name; One of the apostles of our Lord.

In the New Testament scriptures Andrew is the first apostle to follow Jesus. According to the account he gave the sermon in the Black Sea area, he was crucified in a structure which figured as an X. He was the brother of Simon Peter.

His real name in Hebrew is unknown, but it is thought that Andres (Greek name) may have been an alias or translation of the real one. This name has been common (in various spellings) throughout the Christian world, and became very popular in the Middle Ages. St. Andrew is considered the protector of nations such as Russia, Greece, Scotland, and Romania. 

The name Andrew has been used three times by kings of Hungary, a president of the United States, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) and, in recent times, the British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-).

Diminutives

Andy, Andy, Drew

Female Forms

Andrea, Andrea, Andi, Andie, Andrina, Andy, (English)

Other Languages and Cultures

Andre, Deandre (African-American) Andreas (ancient Greek) Ander (Basque) Andrei, Andrey (Belarusian) Andreas (biblical Greek) Andreas (biblical Latin) Andrei, Andrey (Bulgarian) Andreu (Catalan) Andria (Corsican) Andrej , Andrija, Andro (Croatian) Andrej, Ondřej (Czech) Anders, Andreas (Danish).

It is said that he was martyred by crucifixion on an “X” shaped cross, a shape now known as St. Andrew’s crossHe was born in Galilee, in a city called Bethsaida (John 1:44)

He was a disciple of John the Baptist, who called Jesus the “Lamb of God” when Andrew was present. This led him to become the first follower of Jesus. Accepting Jesus as his savior, the first thing he did was to seek out Simon Peter and bring him to Jesus.

The two brothers seem to have pursued for a time their usual call as fishermen, and they did not become avowed servants of the Lord until after John’s imprisonment (Matthew 4:18; Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:16; Mark 1:17). He was one of the confidential disciples (John 6:8; 12:22), and with Peter, James, and John they asked our Lord privately about His future coming (Mark 13:3). 

He was present at the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:9), and he introduced the Greeks who desired to see Jesus (John 12:22); but little is known of his later history. It is noteworthy that Andrew three times brings others to Christ, (1) Peter; (2) the boy with the loaves; and (3) certain Greeks. These incidents can be considered the key to his character.

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