Awdryan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Awdryan first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from 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 Awdryan family
The surname Awdryan 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 Awdryan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awdryan research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1250, 1258, 1277, 1295, 1565, 1775 and 1889 are included under the topic Early Awdryan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Awdryan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Awdryan has appeared include Adrian, Adrien, Adrain, Awdryan, Adriance and others.
Early Notables of the Awdryan family
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Migration of the Awdryan family to Ireland
Some of the Awdryan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Awdryan family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Awdryan arrived in North America very early: 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..
- 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