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|Gender||Unisex, but probably Female (most languages)
Male (Italian, Albanian and Romansh)
|Language(s)||Greek aner, andros, "man" (i.e. adult male)|
|See also||Andre, Andy, Andrew, Andie|
Origin of the name
It derives from the Greek ἀνήρ (anēr), genitive ἀνδρός (andrós), that indicates the man as opposed to the woman (while man in the meaning of human being is ἄνθρωπος, ánthropos, ἀνθρώπου, anthrópou). The original male Greek name, Andréas, (directly etymologically related to andras/άνδρας, man/adult male, husband) 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). The same root ἀνδρ-, andr- denoting the male gender is found e.g. in misandry (the hatred of the male sex), andrology (male physiology), androgens (male hormones) and polyandry (the practice of taking more than one husband at the same time).
In the year 2006, it was the third most popular name in Italy with 3.1% of newborns. 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 been used as a female name also in Italy, but not very often. Outside of Italy, the name is generally considered a female name.
- In Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovenian, Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, Scandinavian languages and Spanish, Andrea is the feminine form of Andrew. Masculine forms are Andrej, Ondřej, Andrzej, Anže, Andrew, Andreas, András, Andreo, Andrés, Anders, Andries or Andre.
- In Italian, Albanian and Romansh Andrea is a masculine name, the equivalent of Andrew.
- In Bulgarian Andrea 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 needle in Romanian. Andrei is the masculine form.
- Andréa is a Brazilian Portuguese form of Andrea also used in Portugal along with Andreia.
- In Dutch, Andrea is used as a female name, although the variant Andrée is found in French.
- 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".
Notable people named Andrea
- Andrea Alföldi (born 1964), Hungarian race walker
- Andrea Allan (born 1946), American actress
- Andrea Anders (born 1975), American actress
- Andrea Armstrong (born 1982), former American collegiate basketball player
- Andrea Ávila (born 1970), Argentine long and triple jumper
- Andrea Baker, American actress
- Andrea Barber (born 1976), American actress
- Andrea Barthwell, American federal civil servant and Illinois political hopeful
- Andrea Berg (born 1981), German volleyball player
- Andrea Borrell (born 1963), Cuban basketball player
- Andrea Bowen (born 1990), American actress
- Andrea Brown (born 1974), American singer
- Andrea Canning (born 1972), Canadian-American broadcast journalist
- Andrea Češková (born 1971), Czech MEP
- Andrea Corr (born 1974), Irish musician
- Andrea Demirović (born 1985), Montenegrin singer
- Andrea Dewar (born 1979), Canadian water polo player
- Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005), American radical feminist and writer
- Andrea Echeverri (born 1965), Colombian singer and guitarist, lead singer of the rock band Aterciopelados
- Andreea Ehritt-Vanc (born 1973), Romanian tennis player
- Andrea Farkas (born 1969), Hungarian handball goalkeeper
- Andrea Feldman (born 1948), American actress
- Andrea Fioroni (born 1969), Argentine field hockey player
- Andrea Fischer (born 1960), German politician
- Andrea Gibson spoken word artist and activist
- Andrea Ghez (born 1965), American astronomer
- Andrea Glass (born 1976), German tennis player
- Andrea Hall (born 1947), American soap opera actress
- Andrea Hayes (born 1969), American backstroke swimmer
- Andréa Henriques (born 1980), Brazilian water polo player
- Andrea Hlaváčková (born 1986), Czech tennis player
- Andrea Immer Robinson (born 1964), Master Sommelier and Dean of Wine Studies at the French Culinary Institute
- Andrea Jaeger (born 1965), American former tennis player
- Andrea Jeremiah (born 1985), Indian Tamil playback singer, film actress and a model.
- Andrea Jung (born 1959), business executive
- Andrea King (1919–2003), American actress
- Andrea Koppel (born 1963), American news correspondent
- Andrea Lau (born 1947), German actress
- Andrea Leeds (1914–1984), American actress
- Andrea Lehotská (born 1981), Slovak television hostess, actress, and top model.
- Andrea Levy (born 1956), British author
- Andrea Lewis (born 1985), Canadian actress
- Andrea Libman (Born 1984), Canadian Voice Actress
- Andrea Lowe (born 1975), British actress
- Andrea Martin (born 1947), actress and comedian
- Andrea Mason (born 1968), Australian politician
- Andrea Mayr (born 1979), Austrian long-distance runner
- Andrea McArdle (born 1963), American singer and actress
- Andrea Mitchell (born 1946), American news correspondent
- Andrea Moody (born 1978), Canadian swimmer
- Andrea Murez, Israeli-American Olympic swimmer for Israel
- Andrea Petkovic (born 1987), Glass's German compatriot and tennis player but she was born in Tuzla, Bosnia.
- Andreea Raducan (born 1983), Romanian gymnast
- Andrea Romano, American voice actress
- Andrea Temesvári (born 1966), Hungarian former tennis player
- Andrea Thompson (born 1960), American actress
- Andrea Tóth (born 1980), Hungarian water polo player
- Andrea True (born 1943), Porn actress and singer
- Andrea Yates (born 1964), American defendant in a notorious filicide case
- Andrea Zollo, American singer
- Andrea Zonn (born 1969), American singer and musician
- Andrea Zsadon, (born 1946) Hungarian soprano
- Andrea, (born 1987), Bulgarian singer
- Andrea Aguyar (died 1849), Uruguayan slave turned soldier and revolutionary
- Andrea Alciato (1492–1550), Italian jurist
- Andrea Amati (1505–1577), luthier from Cremona, Italy, credited with making the first instruments of the violin family that are in the form we use today
- Andrea Antico (c. 1480 – c. 1538) was an Istrian music printer, editor, publisher and composer of the Renaissance
- Andrea Aleksi (1425–1505), Albanian architect
- Andrea Ammonio (c. 1478–1517), Italian poet
- Andrea Andreani (1540–1623), Italian engraver on wood
- Andrea Appiani (1754–1817), Italian painter
- Andrea Argoli (1570–1657), Italian mathematician and astronomer
- Andrea Bacci (born 1972), Italian race car driver
- Andrea Baldini (born 1985), Italian fencer
- Andrea Bargnani (born 1985), Italian basketball player
- Andrea Barzagli (born 1981), World Cup-winning Italian football player
- Andrea Bianchi (born 1925), Italian film director
- Andrea Boattini (born 1969), Italian astronomer
- Andrea Bocelli (born 1958), Italian singer, writer and music producer
- Andrea Bogdani (1600–1683), Albanian prelate and scholar
- Andrea Bonomi (1923–2003), Italian footballer
- Andrea Branzi (born 1938), Italian architect and designer
- Andrea Briosco (c. 1470–1532), Italian sculptor and architect
- Andrea Camilleri (born 1925), Italian writer
- Andrea Casiraghi (born 1984), eldest child of HRH Princess Caroline of Monaco
- Andrea Cesalpino (1519–1603), Italian physician, philosopher and botanist
- Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo (born 1925), Archbishop of Tuscania
- Andrea Costa (1851–1913), Italian socialist activist
- Andrea Doria (1466–1560), Genoese condottiere and admiral.
- Andrea Dovizioso (born 1986), Italian motorcycle racer
- Andrea Ferrara, 16th century Scottish artificer who introduced the manufacture of the high-quality steel blades bearing his name
- Andrea Figallo (born 1972), Italian composer and conductor
- Andrea da Firenze (?-1415), Italian composer
- Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488), Florentine sculptor
- Andrea diSessa, (born 1947) American academic and epistemologist
- Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1532/33-1585), Italian composer
- Andrea Gioannetti (1722–1800), Italian Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal
- Andrea Iannone (born 1989), Italian MotoGP driver
- Andrea Kim Taegŏn (1821–1846), first Korean Catholic priest, Patron Saint of Korea for the Catholic Church
- Andrea Luchesi (1741–1801), Italian composer
- Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431–1506), Florentine painter
- Andrea Massena (1758–1817), French military commander of Sardinian origin during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, one of the original eighteen Marshals of the Empire created by Napoleon
- Andrea Nuciforo (1964), US politician who served as Democratic State Senator (1997-2007), representing the Berkshire, Hampshire & Franklin district in western Massachusetts
- Andrea Orcagna (c. 1308–1368), Florentine painter, sculptor and architect
- Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), Italian architect
- Andrea Pazienza (1956–1988), Italian comics artist
- Andrea Pirlo (born 1979), World Cup-winning Italian football player
- Andrea Pisano (c. 1270–1348), Italian sculptor and architect
- Andrea Prader (1919-2001), renowned Swiss scientist and physician, co-discoverer of the Prader-Willi syndrome
- Andrea Prosperetti (born 1944), Italian physicist, member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering
- Andrea Renzullo (born 1996), German singer
- Andrea Sansovino (c. 1467–1529), Italian sculptor
- Andrea Meldolla (1510/1515–1563), also known as Andrea Schiavone or Andrija Medulic, was a Dalmatian Renaissance painter and etcher
- Andrea Solari (c. 1460–1524), Renaissance painter
- Andrea Tacquet (1612-1660), Flemish mathematician and Jesuit priest whose work prepared the ground for the eventual discovery of the calculus
- Andrea Tafi (fl. 1300–1325), Italian artist
- Andrea Vesalius (1514-1564), Flemish physician, author of influential books on human anatomy and often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy
- Andrea Viterbi (born 1935), birthname of Italian-American scientist and engineer Andrew Viterbi, winner of the National Medal of Science
- Andrea Zanzotto (1921-2011), Italian poet
- Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (2004). "Natalità e fecondità della popolazione residente: caratteristiche e tendenze recenti" (PDF) (in Italian). p. 11.
- "Classical Greek Online Base Form Dictionary".
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