Andrei: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Andrei | Boys
Origin of the name Andre:
Derived from the Greek andreios (manly)..
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Andrei is the Russian/Slavic equivalent of Andre' (minus the I) Another variation is Andrey, which was my given name, but changed by my parents at a young age to Andrei because everyone called me Audrey or Aubry assuming it was a typo'd female name.
You'll typically notice the spelling variations if you watch international sporting events like the olympics.
There are other spelling variations from country to country. Polish = Andrej, Andrzej, just a matter of how a language handles the last 1/2 of the name, the "dray", though may be prounounced slightly different.
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The I at the end confuses many people... I've been called Audrey, Aubrey, Andrea.
It also proves to be topic of conversation when meeting people in business and life, as people are curious as to it's origin, often only familiar with the Andre' spelling.
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In english - Andy (I don't like it quit using it back in the 80's, it's ok when you're a kid and your schoolmates/pals can't pronounce your name right.) Also Drei.
"Andre the giant" pops up from time to time (after the famous wrestler) as an endearing pet name ever since he became known in the 70's, it's a good natured laugh, since compared to the original Giant, I am tiny in contrast.
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Andrei Sakharov, was an eminent Soviet nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist. Sakharov was an advocate of civil liberties and reforms in the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975.
Andrei Codrescu, Romania-born author, poet and radio commentator.
Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet and Russian filmmaker.
Andrei Kirilenko, Russian-American professional basketball small forward for the Utah Jazz.
Andrei Markov, Russian-born Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman.
Andrei Platonov, Soviet author.
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Global Popularity of the Name Andrei
- #10 in Russia (Moscow)
- #10 in Ukraine
- #396 in Canada (Quebec)