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Adrian Surname Meaning

English, southern French, and German: from a vernacular form of the Latin personal name (H)adrianus, originally an ethnic name denoting someone from the coast of the Adriatic (Latin Adria). It was adopted as a cognomen by the emperor who ruled ad 117–138. It was also borne by several minor saints, in particular an early martyr at Nicomedia (died c.304), the patron saint of soldiers and butchers. There was an English St. Adrian (died 710), born in North Africa; he was abbot of St. Augustine’s, Canterbury, and his cult enjoyed a brief vogue after the discovery of his supposed remains in 1091. Later, the name was adopted by several popes, including the only pope of English birth, Nicholas Breakspear, who reigned as Adrian IV (1154–59).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Adrien, German, Adriano, Allman, Marian, Gurian, Ashman, Brian

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You can see how Adrian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Adrian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Adrian families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 34 Adrian families living in London. This was about 40% of all the recorded Adrian's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Adrian families in 1891.
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What did your Adrian ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Adrian. 100% of Adrian women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Adrian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Adrian in 1943 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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