Origins of Drew

Drew is a name that has a strong association with Scotland however, the Drew name was a surname of Welsh origin; however, the Drew name has become increasingly popular as a given name. Initially used as a short form of Andrew, a name of Greek origin meaning manly, Drew as an independent name grew in popularity throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.

Meaning of Drew

In Anglo-Saxon, English and Welsh, the meaning of Drew is wise, drawing its meaning from the original surname; however, in Scottish, the meaning of Drew is manly, drawing its meaning from the Greek Andrew. Andrew has long been a popular Scottish name in honour of St. Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.


People named Drew tend to be highly imaginative, intuitive, idealistic, and spiritual. They possess a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family, are visionary and often inspire others.

Popularity of Drew

The name Drew was the 301st most popular baby boy’s name in Scotland in 2012 (Scottish Government Statistics).

Famous People

Famous people named Drew include Scottish professional wrestler Drew Galloway, American quarterback Drew Brees, Canadian actor/singer-songwriter Drew Seeley, and American actor/comedian Drew Carey.


Variations of the name Drew include Dru and Drue.

Useful Resources

Our extensive list of Scottish boys names.

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