Adrien History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Adrien belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the region of Adria. "This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Adrian.' The form Adrain is an old one." 
Early Origins of the Adrien family
The surname Adrien was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Pope Adrian IV (d. 1159), was "the only Englishman who ever sat in the chair of St. Peter. His early history is obscure. His name is said to have been Nicholas Breakspear." 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list John Adrien as holding lands in Suffolk at that time and the Chronicles of the Mayors and Sheriffs of London list John Adrian as Sheriff of London in 1258. 
Early History of the Adrien family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adrien research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1258, 1277, 1295, 1565, 1889, 1250 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Adrien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Adrien Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Adrien include Adrian, Adrien, Adrain, Awdryan, Adriance and others.
Early Notables of the Adrien family (pre 1700)
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In France, the name Adrien is the 4,175th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 
Migration of the Adrien family to Ireland
Some of the Adrien family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Adrien family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Adrien were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Christian Adrian, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1752; Sybriant Adrian to New York in 1759; P. Adrian to Baltimore in 1820; and L. Adriance to San Francisco in 1850..
Contemporary Notables of the name Adrien (post 1700) +
- Philippe Adrien (1939-2021), French stage director, actor and playwright associated with the La Tempete company in Paris
- Jean Antoine Adrien de Courten, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Gaspard Adrien Bonnet du Louvat de Champollon, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Joseph Adrien Patenaude, respected Montreal-born philanthropist
- François Adrien Boïeldieu (1775-1834), French composer
- Adrien Lorion, American art director and film writer
- Adrien Giraud (1936-2018), French politician, member of the Senate of France
- Adrien de Gasparin (1783-1862), born Adrien Étienne Pierre, a French statesman and agriculturist from Orange, Vaucluse, French Minister of the Interior (1836–1837) and in 1839
- Adrien Duvillard (1934-2017), French alpine skier who competed in the 1956 and 1960 Winter Olympics
- Adrien F. Arsenault (1889-1941), Canadian lawyer and politician who represented 3rd Prince in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1922 to 1935
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 13) Jean Adrien. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Gaspard Bonnet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html