Andrus Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Andrus Andrews
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The Andrus surname is a variant spelling of the surname Andrews. If your Andrus family can trace it's origin back to Andrews, please see the Andrews Name Study for DNA comparisons and other information.

This is a project that I hope will become a valuable reference point for any Andrus researchers alike to share their knowledge by posting their DNA tests, resources, pictures, stories, and anything else of interest to this surname.

For a complete list of Andrus profiles on WikiTree please see the index page.

Please join by contacting the project leader, Alison Andrus, and start adding this category to your Andrus profiles. Post questions and comments to the bulletin board and add details about your particular area of interest.

Andrus Meaning:

This unusual name is a variant of the male personal name "Andrew", which derives from the male personal name "Andrew, which derives from the Greek "Andread", a derivative of the word "Andreois", meaning "manly", from "aner", "andros", man or male.

The Andrus Name Study is Under Construction!! Please be patient as I work to create a useful resource for collaboration.

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Our Goals

Although DNA analysis can assist in determining that two or more participants who have tested their yDNA descend from a common male ancestor, it will not identify the specific ancestor without the use of accurate record documentation used in genealogical research.

The purpose of this study is to work together to establish an accurate Andrus Family tree by using the best possible sources available for documentation. To date, there are 23 unrelated Andrews lines established by the Andrews DNA Project hosted at Family Tree DNA. In almost all cases, the common ancestor has not been identified in these lines. We can help the effort by providing the best Andrus tree possible.

What You Can Do

  1. Work cooperatively together with other Andrus profile managers to create the best Andrus tree possible.
  2. Add the category for Andrus Name Study to profiles.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to Andrus profiles.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies for Andrus profiles.
  5. Check for duplicates and request merges.
  6. Contact Alison to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. If you are a male with the surname Andrus, Andrews, etc., and haven't already, please consider testing your yDNA through the Andrews Family Tree DNA Project so that we can all have a better understanding of our heritage and possibly make new discoveries.
  8. Do you have an Andrus profile you are especially proud of? Let Alison know and we will feature it on this page.

Andrus Name Distribution

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Earliest Known Settlement

This is a work in progress. Please add your info to the table below or contact Alison to add it for you.

See the Andrews Name Study for early settlement and DNA test comparisons.

Andrus Researchers on WikiTree

Researcher Name Earliest Known Ancestor Place of Origin Place of Settlement Date of Settlement Next Migration DNA Tested First Ancestor Who Used Andrus Spelling
Alison Andrus Lt. John Andrews England Ipswich, MA, USA 1637 Norwich, CT, USA Yes Zebediah Andrus, Sr.


Andrus Place Names

  • Andrus Island, island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, California, United States
  • Mount Andrus, shield volcano in Antarctica


Notable Andrus Names

Bart Andrus (born 1958), Head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, Canadian football team
Bill Andrus (1907–1982), American baseball player
Burton C. Andrus (1892–1977), American soldier
Cecil Dale Andrus (born 1932), American politician
Chuck Andrus (1928–1997), American jazz double-bassist
Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres (born 1988), Venezuelan baseball player
Ernest Andrus (1923-), American Navy WWII Vet running across the country to raise money for the LST325 Floating Museum
Ethel Percy Andrus (1884–1967), American educator and founder of the AARP
Fred Andrus (1850–1937), American baseball player
Henry Andrus (1844–1935), American politician
Jerry Andrus (1918–2007), American magician
John Emory Andrus (1841–1934), American politician
Louis John Andrus (born 1943), American football player
Marc Handley Andrus (born 1956), American bishop
Mark Andrus, American screenwriter
Milo Andrus (1814–1893), American leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sedley Andrus (1915–2009), British officer of arms
Shane Andrus (born 1980), American football placekicker
Sherman Andrus, American gospel singer, lead singer of The Imperials
William Wiman (Wyman) Andrus (1858–1935), Canadian baseball player

Andrus Research On The Web


  1. Lieut. John Andrews of Chebacco, Mass. 1637-1708; Compiled by Hon. H. F. Andrews, pub. 1909.
  2. Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; by Betty Andrews Storey, digitally pub. 2009.
  3. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs; pg. 1168
  4. Genealogy and history of the Baker, Andrus, Clark, and Adams families; by Albert Clark Baker; pub. 1920; 486 pgs.


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Just a heads-up, there are a number of ANDRUS/ANDREWS Native Americans/Metis in the Grand Traverse area of Michigan.
Allison does a fabulous job on this page. I am always so amazed. Thank you, Allison!
Alison, this is a great project page! Nice work.
posted by Chris Whitten
Alison, I love the way you have laid out your one name study. You have provided me with many ideas.


Genealogy and history of the Baker, Andrus, Clark, and Adams families, with descriptive travels of the author by Albert Clark Baker, 1854- 1920
posted by Al Adams
Please feel free to edit this page by adding your name to the table, DNA test results, resources, pictures, stories or anything else of interest to the Andrus/Andrews surname.
posted by Alison Andrus