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What does Drew mean?

Drew Pronunciation of Drew [drew] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Drew) is pronounced droo. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Drew is "wise". Short form of Andrew. Used as an independent name since the 1960s. Dru is a French form. Football player Drew Bledsoe.

Associated with: wise.


Drew has 2 variants: Dru and Drue.

Affiliated boy name: Drury.

3 more relations via Andrew: Adem, Drud and Drugi.

Creative forms:
(male) Darew, Dro, ..


Middle name pairings:
Drew Marquise (D.M.), ..

How popular is Drew?

Drew is a very popular first name for men (#431 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1451 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Drew reached its highest rank of #160 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is at #363 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Drew name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Drew outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Andrew (#30 the previous year), Drury and Dru are the popular alternative forms of Drew (#363 the previous year). Other forms, like Adem, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Drew reached its highest 3 decades ago (usage of 1.7%) and is now much lower (usage 0.6%, 66.9%), with the form Andrew becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Drew, Andrew, Dru, Drury in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Andrew outside U.S.

Similar Names

Drew is pronounced similarly to Dray and Dre. Other recommended names are Carew, Crew, Daeg, Dael, Darek, Darel, Daren, Daw, De-, Dee, Deen, Del, Den, Derek, Des, Dev, Dewi, Dex, Dore, Dow, Drewry, Dyer, Hew, Lew and Loew. These names tend to be less commonly used than Drew.

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