Last name: Andrus
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. "Andrew" and its very numerous variants and equivalents has been popular throughout christendom for centuries, partly due to the name of St. Andrew, the name of the first of Jesus Christ's disciples, who is the patron saint of Scotland and also of Russia. The personal name is first recorded in England in the Domesday Book in its Latin form of "Andreas". The surname development has included "Moricius Andrewys" (1275, Worcestershire), William Andro, (1339, Aberdeen), John Andrus, (1510, Norfolk) and Humfrey Andros (1552, Yorkshire). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Andreu (witness). which was dated 1237, Fees Court Records, Berkshire. during the reign of King Henry III, The Frenchman, 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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