🔼The name Andronicus in the Bible
The name Andronicus occurs only once in the Bible, in a passage that caused a bit of a riot. At the conclusion of his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul sends greetings to several people, whose names therefore appear in Greek in the accusative form. And that makes it difficult to deduct whether they were men or women.
Andronicus/Andronica is mentioned along a Junius/Junia, whom Paul refers to as his kin (which probably means that they were Jews), and notes that they were outstanding among the apostles (Romans 16:7). Whether he meant that they were outstanding apostles or kept in high regard by them is also not clear but the former option would theoretically allow women to have been apostles.
That obviously caused an outcry in the male dominated world of yester years but today we're wonderfully liberated and open for all kinds of suggestions, and some translations (for instance the King James) speak of Junia in Romans 16:7. Andronicus, however, is an established male name and the feminine equivalent Andronica is either exceedingly rare or non existent.
🔼Etymology of the name Andronicus
The name Andronicus consists of two elements. The first part comes from the familiar noun ανδρος (andros), which is a genitive form of the noun ανηρ (aner), meaning man:
The second part of our name comes from the noun νικη (nike), meaning victory:
The name Andronicus is closely similar to the name Nicanor, except that the elements are reversed. It means Man Of Victory or Conqueror Of Men.