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Where did the Scottish Andrew family come from? What is the Scottish Andrew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Andrew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Andrew family history?

The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Andrew is derived from the baptismal name Andrew which in Greek means manly. The name was popular as both a personal name and a surname, likely because it was the name of Scotland's patron saint. In Gaelic the name is Aindrea and Anndra which again means manly.


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Andrew has appeared Andrew, Andrews, MacAndrew, Androw, Androe, Andro and many more.

First found in Caithness (Gaelic: Gallaibh), the northern tip of Scotland, a Norse/Viking controlled region from the 9th century, which became the Earldom of Caithness. This family was strongly associated with the Clan Ross. It was originally known as the Clan Siol Andrea, meaning the race of Andrew. However, from about the year 1100 the Andrews moved south to the Dumfriesshire area of southwest Scotland. Duncan Andrew, Chief of the Clan, rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Andrew research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1463, 1600, 1958, 1600, 1661, 1660, 1661, 1659, 1649 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Andrew History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Andrew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Andrew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Andrew:

Andrew Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Andrew, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • William Andrew settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a ships captain who settled in 1634
  • William Andrew, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Richard Andrew, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • John Andrew, son of Sir John Andrew of Charlton, landed in 1650

Andrew Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Scoch Andrew, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • John Andrew settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767

Andrew Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Andrew, who landed in South Carolina in 1809
  • Henry Andrew, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Jonah Andrew, aged 30, arrived in America in 1813
  • Mrs. Andrew, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • Peter Andrew, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1834

Andrew Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Falde Gielbrand Andrew, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1911


  • John Albion Andrew (1818-1867), American anti-slavery statesman
  • Brigadier-General Ray Andrew, American Adjutant-General of New Mexico (1944-1946)
  • Agnellus Matthew Andrew (1908-1987), Scottish bishop and broadcaster
  • William Andrew, New Zealand politician
  • Brigadier Leslie Wilton Andrew VC, DSO (1897-1969), soldier in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, during the First World War
  • Brigadier Basil John Andrew (1894-1941), Australian Deputy Adjutant-General I Australian Corps, Greece from 1940 to 1941
  • Mr. Edgar Samuel Andrew (d. 1912), aged 17, Argentine Second Class passenger from San Ambrosio, Córdoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Thomas Andrew (d. 1912), aged 30, English Second Class passenger from Redruth, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


  • History of the Andrew Family by Adelia Brown Elmer.
  • Thomas Andrew, Immigrant: A Genealogy of the Posterity of Thomas Andrew, One of the Early Settlers of New England by Laurence Clyde Andrew.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Victrix fortuna sapientia
Motto Translation: Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune.


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  2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Andrew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Andrew Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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