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The distinguished surname Andra can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Andra came from the Greek given name Andreas, which is a name that means manly. The given name Andreas is itself derived from the Greek words aner, andrós, which mean man, and by extension warrior.
Early Origins of the Andra family
The surname Andra was first found in Friuli (Venetian: Friul), an area of northeastern Italy in 1150 with the Andriotti family. This family was known for ownership of several castles in the region, and in 1210 they were made nobility.
Important Dates for the Andra family
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Andra Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Andradi, Andrasi, Andre, Andrea, Andreacchio, Andreadi, Andrean, Andreanelli, Andreani, Andreasi, Andretti, Andrei, Andreis, Andrello, Andreol, Andreola, Andreoletti, Andreoli, Andreolo, Andreotta, Andreotti, Andretta, Andreucci, Andreutti, Andreuzzi, Andri, Andria, Andriani, Andrich, Andrini, Andriola, Andrioli, Andriolli, D'Andre, D'Andrea, De Andre, De Andrea, De Andreis, Dreani, Dreas, Dreassi, Drei, Dreini, Dreoni, Dreossi, Dri, Drioli, Drius, Driussi, Driusso and many more.
Early Notables of the Andra family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giorgio Andreoli (c. 1470 - 1553), Italian potter generally considered to be the most important potter of the Italian Renaissance; Iacomo Andrea (d. 1500), an Italian architect from Ferrara, beheaded for plotting against the French; Francesco Andreini, a valiant soldier in Pistoia in 1548; Ippolito Andreasi was a talented painter in Mantua in the same year; Andrea Andreani was a wood carver and printer in Mantua, and in 1584 he published a copy of one of Tiziano's works. In 1576 Giovan Battista Andreini was a popular actor in Florence; Alessandro Andreasi was made a...
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Andra migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Andra Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Andra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Andra, aged 46, who arrived in New York City in 1892 aboard the ship "America" from Bremen, Germany 
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PL-462 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Andra, 05 Apr 1892; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York City, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).