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Pronunciation/ˈændriə, ˈɑːn-/ A(H)N-dree-ə,
/ɑːnˈdr.ə/ ahn-DRAY
Italian: [anˈdrɛːa]
GenderFemale (most languages)
Male (most cases, Albanian, Italian and Romansh)
Language(s)Greek aner, andros, "man" (i.e. adult male)
Other names
See alsoAndre, Andreas, Andrew, Andy/Andie, Adrian

Andrea is a given name which is common worldwide for both males and females, cognate to Andreas, Andrej and Andrew.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name derives from the Greek word ἀνήρ (anēr), genitive ἀνδρός (andrós), that refers to man as opposed to woman (whereas man in the sense of human being is ἄνθρωπος, ánthropos). The original male Greek name, Andréas, represents the hypocoristic, with endearment functions, of male Greek names composed with the andr- prefix, like Androgeos (man of the earth), Androcles (man of glory), Andronikos (man of victory).

In the year 2006, it was the third most popular name in Italy with 3.1% of newborns.[1] It is one of the Italian male names ending in a, with others being Elia (Elias), Enea (Aeneas), Luca (Lucas), Mattia (Matthias), Nicola (Nicholas), Tobia (Tobias). In recent and past times it has also been used on occasion as a female name in Italy and in Spain, where it is considered the legitimate feminine form of Andrés/Andreo/Andreu (Andrew).[citation needed] Outside of Italy, the name is generally considered a female name.


  • In Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovenian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Scandinavian languages and Spanish, Andrea is a feminine name. Masculine forms are Andrej, Ondřej, Andrzej, Anže, Andrew, Andreas, András, Andrey, Andreo, Andrés, Anders, Andries or Andre. However, many Swiss men regardless of first language are also named Andrea, if followed by a masculine middle name to comply with Swiss naming law.
  • In Albanian Andrea is a masculine name; its native form is Ndrea.
  • In Romansh Andrea is also a masculine name.
  • In Italian, Andrea is a primarily[2] masculine name. Nevertheless, some men of Italian descent, from countries where Andrea is feminine, bear the name.
  • In Bulgarian Andrea (Андреа) is used as the feminine form of "Andrei".
  • In Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, Andrea is a feminine name; Andreja can be used as female name, while Andrija, Andro and Andrej are masculine forms. The only exception is Istria, where Andrea is a male name.
  • In Romania Andreea is a feminine name and it is written with an extra "e". However, the feminine variation Andrea is also used. Andrea as etymon means knitting needle in Romanian. Andrei is the masculine form.
  • Andréia is the most common Portuguese spelling of this name, although Andréa is also used in Brazilian Portuguese. The masculine form is André.
  • In Dutch, Andrea is used as a female name, although the variant Andrée is found in French.
  • In Spanish, Andrea and variations spelled Andreina and Andressa are used as female variants for Andrey, Andreo, and Andrés.
  • In Basque, Andrea and Andere exist as female names. Two etymons merge in the former: the most widespread form with a Greek root, 'man', and the Basque-Aquitanian ancient form "andere(a)", present-day "andere(a)" and "andre(a)", 'madam', 'lady' (used mainly as title, e.g. "Andramari", 'Lady/Virgin Mary'), as opposed to "jaun", 'lord'. In popular usage, it can ultimately mean 'adult woman'.
  • In Catalan, Andrea is used as the feminine form of "Andreu".
  • In Asturian, Andrea is the feminine form of "Andrés".

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  • Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (2004). "Natalità e fecondità della popolazione residente: caratteristiche e tendenze recenti" (PDF) (in Italian). p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-01. Retrieved 2007-02-10.
  • "Classical Greek Online Base Form Dictionary". Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2009-05-01.