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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

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

The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the Andrews family. The name Andrews 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.


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Andrews has been spelled 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 Andrews 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 Andrews History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Andrews 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.


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Andrews:

Andrews Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joakim Andrews, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Jocomb Andrews, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Samna Andrews, aged 37, arrived in America in 1635
  • Samuell Andrews, aged 37, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Susana Andrews, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Andrews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gideon Andrews, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Lydia Andrews, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Francis Andrews, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Lawrence Andrews, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Anne Andrews settled in Maryland in 1720

Andrews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Saml Andrews, who landed in America in 1805
  • Joseph Andrews, who landed in America in 1808
  • James Andrews, who landed in South Carolina in 1809
  • Charles C Andrews, who landed in New York in 1809
  • Gabriel Andrews, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811

Andrews Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Konstantinos Andrews, who landed in Alabama in 1924

Andrews Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Andrews settled in Port de Grave, Newfoundland before 1658
  • John, Francis, and Mary Andrews were descendants of a family who settled in Harbour Grace before 1675
  • Elias Andrews was a boat keeper of Petty Harbour in 1681

Andrews Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ambrose Andrews was in Petty Harbour in 1703
  • Edwd Andrews, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Wm Andrews, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elizabeth Andrews, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Benjamin Andrews, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Elizabeth Town [Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley], Ontario c. 1783

Andrews Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Andrews landed in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1809
  • Aaron Andrews was a planter of Hants Harbour in 1826
  • Patrick Andrews, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
  • Richard Andrews, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Andrews Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Andrews, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Andrews, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Elizabeth Andrews arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • John Andrews arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Platina" in 1839
  • William Andrews arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839

Andrews Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Andrews landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • H J C Andrews landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Barque: Stains Castle
  • William Andrews landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bolton
  • William Andrews, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Eliza Andrews, aged 28, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842


  • Charles McLean Andrews (1863-1943), American historian
  • Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960), American naturalist, explorer, and author
  • Dana Andrews (1909-1992), American actor, one of Hollywood's major stars of the 1940s
  • Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews (1884-1943), American Army Air Corps officer and one of the founding fathers of the United States Air Force
  • Lieutenant-General Frank Maxwell Andrews (1884-1943), American Commanding General US Forces European Theater of Operations (1943)
  • Miss Kornelia Theodosia Andrews, aged 62, American First Class passenger from Hudson, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 10
  • Arthur F. Andrews, American sliver and bronze Olympic medalist for cycling at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Arthur Westlake Andrews (1868-1959), British geographer & rock climber
  • Harry Fleetwood Andrews CBE (1911-1989), award-winning English actor
  • Baroness Kay Andrews OBE (b. 1943), British Labor politician



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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The Andrews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Andrews 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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