Origin of the Name Andrews
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Andrews
include Andrew and Andrewes. This name is ultimately derived from Greek names that translate as 'strong' or 'manly'. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Robert Andreu of Cambridge who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. In Ireland the name is to be found as MacAndrew, which is usually of Norman descent. They were a branch of the Barretts of Bac in County Mayo. In the course of time they became an Irish sept, having their territory on the Eastern side of Lough Conn. In Scotland the names popularity is due to it being the name of Scotland s patron Saint.
The Andrews coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Andrews descendants.