The Shield is: Argent, on a fesse sable three lozenges pierced or, in
base a crescent gules, and a chief azure three mullets of the field.
The Crest is: A dexter hand holding a laurel branch proper.
The Motto is: "Vitute et fortuna", By virtue and valour.
Variant Spellings for Mc Andrew: Mac Andrew, Andrew, Andrews, Fitzandrew.
One family of the name hails in olden times from Co. Mayo, where they are said to descend from a branch of the Norman family of Barret. In modern times the name is found centered only in Mayo, as evidenced by the 1890 birth index. Earlier records however also find the name in Co. Kerry, where you will note the place name of Ballymacandrew.
The normally separate name of "Andrew" is found in Meath in the 17th century and the name of Andrewes, a common spelling of the name in that time, is found fairly widespread. By the time of the 1890 birth index, the name of Andrews is found centered in Antrim and Down.
The Andrews family of Rathenny, Kings Co., were granted those estates in the 17th century. The Andrews family of Ardara, Co. Down are given in the Irish Book of Arms.
Arms for the name are found on plate 67 in the Irish Book or Arms.
Source: The Book of Irish Families Great & Small
Michael C. O'Laughin
1997 Irish Genealogical Foundation
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