Ancient Greek, "Andreas" was derived from "aner" - "man" (genitive "andros" - "of a man"), which
would translate as "brave, manly, of men". It is also the form used in modern Greek, German and
Welsh. In the New Testament the apostle Andreas (Andrew) is the first disciple to join Jesus. He
later preached in the Black Sea region (in Dobrogea area - South East of Romania, and then up to
Dnieper river). There are legends saying he was crucified on an X-shaped cross, after returning into
Greece, in the city of Patras, in Peloponnese. Andreas, being a Greek name, was probably a nickname
or a translation of his real Hebrew name, which is not known. On the other hand, it is possible that
this name may have been quite common among the Jews of that time, under the Roman conquest.