McAndrews History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name McAndrews lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name McAndrews is derived from the Gaelic name Mac Aindreis, which means son of Andrew.

Early Origins of the McAndrews family

The surname McAndrews was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McAndrews family

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McAndrews Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. McAndrews has been spelled M'Andrew, M'Andrews, MacAndrew, MacAndrews and others.

Early Notables of the McAndrews family (pre 1700)

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United States McAndrews migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name McAndrews:

McAndrews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McAndrews, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • John McAndrews, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Sabina McAndrews, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
McAndrews Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Kate McAndrews, aged 18, who settled in America from Ballina, in 1901
  • Wm. McAndrews, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1907
  • Sabina McAndrews, aged 21, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1908
  • Margaret McAndrews, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Crossmolina, Irelnad, in 1909
  • Eneas McAndrews, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McAndrews migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McAndrews Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Margaret McAndrews, aged 10 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McAndrews (post 1700) +

  • Marianne McAndrews (b. 1942), American actress
  • James Brian McAndrews (b. 1967), former American college and professional baseball player
  • James McAndrews (1862-1942), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Patrick James McAndrews (d. 1973), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Prescott, 1926-29 [3]
  • John P. McAndrews, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Luzerne County, 1899-1900 [3]
  • John E. McAndrews, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bucharest, 1926-29 [3]
  • James P. McAndrews (d. 1970), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1944 [3]
  • James F. McAndrews (b. 1864), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lackawanna County, 1907-09 [3]
  • James McAndrews (1862-1942), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1901-05, 1913-21, 1935-41; Defeated, 1920, 1932, 1940 [3]
  • Edythe T. McAndrews, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1956 [3]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William McAndrews (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [4]


The McAndrews Motto +

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: Fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 42)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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