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About us

Welcome to the ANDREWS Surname Y-DNA Project. Please note that Y-DNA is only passed through the direct paternal line. DNA donors must be male, descending in the direct male (father to son) Andrews line. Women who are Andrews descendants may choose to sponsor a male Andrews relative (father, brother, uncle, cousin, etc).

New members' join requests MUST name the individual who will actually take the DNA test, as well as the donor's direct male line connection to their earliest known Andrews ancestor. 

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.

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 a well documented Andrews male lineage in the British Isles.

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 over 25 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, Kendrew, Tandry, and Tandy. Over the centuries the Andrews descendants have multiplied and moved away from the British Isles to the distant lands of North America, Australia, and New Zealand.