Usage Medieval Dutch
Pronounced Pron. AHD-ree-ah:n
Other Forms FormsAdrijaen, Adriyaen, Adryaen
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Contributor Contrib.MoonAgeDaydreamer on 9/17/2009
Medieval Dutch form of Adriaan. A well-known bearer of this name was Adriaen van der Donck (c. 1618–1655), a pivotal figure in the establishment of the middle colonies of colonial America, and the ultimate significance of Manhattan as a place of commerce.