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About us

Welcome to the ANDREWS Surname DNA Project. The purpose of this project is to determine possible relationships between the various Andrews lines around the world. By using a simple DNA test we hope to find out which Andrews have a common ancestor. This test may also help place an Andrews of "unknown" ancestry into one of the Andrews lines. For more information, click the Goals tab above.

Originally, the Andrews name was taken in honor of Saint Andrew, the first of the twelve apostles of Christ. Grammatically, the name derives from the Greek word 'andreios' meaning "manly, courageous". Since Andrew the Apostle was a very popular saint in medieval Britain, there are many unrelated families that today bear the surname Andrews. To date, the Andrews DNA Project has successfully identified 23 genetic families, each of whom use the Andrews surname, though they are not related to each other. Instances of Andrews and its variants as a last name can be traced to the time of King Henry III, around 1237 AD. Early spellings include Andreu, Andree, Andrewes, Andros, and Andrus, McAndrew, and Kendrew. Over the centuries the Andrews descendants have multiplied and moved away from the British Isles to the distant lands of North America, Australia, and beyond.

Most of the known Andrews lines in English-speaking countries originated in Great Britain. For the most part, the Andrews genealogy has often been well researched but lacks a final connection back to their ancestors in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The Andrews DNA Project is keenly interested in seeking DNA project participants with an established Andrews male lineage from the British Isles. If you believe you are a potential DNA donor or know of one - please contact the project administrator.