The name McAndrew has its origin both in Scotland and in Ireland. This page is concerned with the Irish origins of the the surname.
The map above shows the distribution of the McAndrew surname in Ireland in the mid-1800s as
listed in the Griffith Valuation of Ireland. The
Valuation was a survey done in the years from
1848-1864 of everyone who owned and/or rented
land in Ireland. Since no census records of
Ireland exist for this time period, the Griffith
Valuation is of great value in Irish genealogy in
that it is the only way of learning who lived
where in Ireland at that time.
There were 232 people listed in the Valuation with the surname of McAndrew - and 186
of these were in County Mayo.
The homeland of the McAndrew name can be
pinpointed as being in the northwest corner
of County Mayo
in the civil parish of
Kilcommon in what was known as the Barony
of Erris. The
describes the original McAndrew homeland as being on
the eastern side of Lough Conn.
The only other county that had a sizable
population of the name McAndrew was
The McAndrew coat of arms is shown at right.
Out of the 232 occurences of the name McAndrew, only eight were spelled as "McAndrews" (with an "s").
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