Meaning and Name Origin
Andrea \a-nd-rea, an-drea\ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Andrea) is pronounced AHN-free-ah, AN-dree-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Andrea is "manly, virile". From the word "andreia" or feminine form of Andrew or Andreas, much favored for blended variants. Also used as nickname of Alexandra. The name was not used during the Middle Ages, but has existed since the 17th century. Actresses Andie MacDowell, Andrea McArdle.
Andrea▲ has 52 variants: Aindrea, Ande, Andee, Andera, Andere, Anderea, Andi, Andie, Andra, Andranetta, Andre, Andrean, Andreana, Andreanna, Andreas, Andree, Andreena, Andreina, Andrel, Andrena, Andrene, Andresa, Andrette, Andrew, Andrewena, Andrewina, Andreya, Andri, Andria▼, Andriana, Andrianna, Andrianne, Andrielle, Andrienne, Andrietta, Andrina, Andrine, Andy, Aondrea, Aundrea, Drea, Dreena, Drena, Ohndrea, Ohndreea, Ohndria, Ondrea, Ondreea, Ondria, Onndrea, Onndreea and Onndria.
Andrea▲ has 34 more alternative forms via Alexandra, Andie: Alandra, Aleka, Alex▼, Alexa▲, Alexandrea▼, Alexea, Alexena, Alexia▲, Alie, Alista, Alla, Alle, Allexa, Allie▲, Anda, Andena, Sanda, Sande, Sandee, Sandie, Sandra▼, Sandrina, Sandye, Sanndra, Shura, Sohndra, Sondra▼, Xandra, Zahndra, Zanda, Zandra, Zanndra, Zohndra and Zondra.
Andrea is a very popular first name for females (#81 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#23256 out of 88799, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Andrea for girls. Andrea reached its top rank of #29 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #125. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Andrea and related names. Alexa (#63 in 2014), Alexandra (#92), Allie (#257), Kendra (#259), Alexia (#270), Sandra (#800), Sondra, Deandra, Andrew, Alex, Alexandrea and Andria are the prominent related forms of Andrea (#125 in 2014). These girl names reached the height of their popularity in 1995 and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Sandra, Sondra, Andria, Alexandrea and Alex becoming somewhat outmoded. The more fashionable girl names here are Alexa (#63), Kendra (#259), Allie (#257), Alexandra (#92) and Alexia (#270), with Alexandra and Allie undergoing a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)