Awdryand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Awdryand is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Awdryand family once 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Awdryand family

The surname Awdryand 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." [2]

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. [1]

Early History of the Awdryand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awdryand 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 Awdryand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Awdryand Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Awdryand family name include Adrian, Adrien, Adrain, Awdryan, Adriance and others.

Early Notables of the Awdryand family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Awdryand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Awdryand family to Ireland

Some of the Awdryand 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 Awdryand family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Awdryand surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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