This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, with several variant spellings including Adrien, Adrian, Adrienne, Adriaan, Adriano, Adrianello etc. The surname dervies from the Latin male given name "(H)adrianus", originally an ethnic name for someone from the seaport of Adria - which gave its name to the Adriatic Sea - who settled in Rome and became known as "the man from Adria" (in Latin, "Adrianus"). The ultimate origin of "Adria" is the Latin "ater", coal-black, referring to the black sands of the seaport. The personal name was first introduced into England in the 7th Century when a North African monk, St. Adrian, was sent to Canterbury by Pope St. Vitalian in 668. The flourishing state of the English church at the time owes much to this saint. The only English pope, Nicholas Brakespear (died 1159), chose the name Adrian 1V, despite this however, Adrian was never in widespread use in England. In 1186, one Adrianus janitor was noted in Documents of St. Benet of Holme, Norfolk. Early examples of the surname include: John Adrien (Suffolk, 1273); John Adrian, Sheriff of London (1258); and Ralph Adrien (London, 1277). On February 10th 1547, Thomas, son of John Adrian, was christened at St. Dionis Backchurch, London, and on January 16th 1611, Marie Adrian and Robart Freman were married at Howden, Yorkshire. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a red shield with four gold escallops in cross, the top of each shell meeting in centre point. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Adrian, which was dated circa 1232, in the "Cartulary of St. Mary", Clerkenwell, London, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Adriani — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Eduard Maximilian von Adriani (1856–1922), deutscher General der Infanterie Gert Adriani (1908−1989), deutscher Kunsthistoriker Giovanni Battista Adriani (1511/1513–1579), italienischer Historiker Götz… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Adriani — Adriani, Joh. Baptista, geb. zu Florenz 1513, war Soldat, studirte sodann u. st. 1579; schr.: Istoria de suoi tempi, Flor. 1583; Geschichte von Florenz u. von ganz Italien v. 1536–1574 (Fortsetzung der des Guicciardini); Über die Malerei der… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • ADRIANI — Vide Bithynia …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Adriani — Sp Adriãnė Ap Αδριανή/Adriani L ŠR Graikija …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Adriani Hotel — (Наксос,Греция) Категория отеля: Адрес: Kontoleontos, Наксос, 84300, Греция …   Каталог отелей

  • Adriani Studios — (Наксос,Греция) Категория отеля: Адрес: N.Binikoy (Grotta Area), Наксос, 84300, Гре …   Каталог отелей

  • Götz Adriani — (* 21. November 1940 in Stuttgart) ist Kunsthistoriker. Von 1971 bis 2005 leitete er die Kunsthalle Tübingen. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Werdegang 2 Auszeichnungen 3 Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gert Adriani — (* 12. Januar 1908 in Vlotho; † 2. März 1989 in Göttingen) war ein deutscher Kunsthistoriker. Von 1958 bis 1970 war er Direktor des Herzog Anton Ulrich Museums in Braunschweig. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 1.1 Tätigkeit im Nationalsozialismus …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Municipio Alberto Adriani — Municipio de Venezuela  • …   Wikipedia Español

  • Matthäus Adriani — (* um 1475 in Spanien; † nach 1521 in Freiburg im Breisgau?) war ein jüdischer Hebraist. Leben Adriani wurde in Spanien als Kind einer jüdischen Familie geboren. Erstmals tritt er 1501 in Italien in Erscheinung, als er eine Instruktion der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.