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Meaning and name origin

Adrian \a-drian, ad-rian\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Adrian), is pronounced AY-dree-an. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Adrian is "from Hadria". Place name: Hadria was a town in northern Italy, which gave its name to the Adriatic Sea. The name was borne by the Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus (second century AD). Hadrian's Wall was built across northern England during his reign. Also the name of the 12th-century pope Adrian IV (the only English pope in history). First popular in the 1950s in Britain. Hollywood costume designer Adrian; actor Adrien Brody.

Adrian has 27 variant forms: Ade, Adiran, Adrain, Adrean, Adreean, Adreyan, Adreeyan, Adriaan, Adriano, Adrien, Adrin, Adrino, Adrion, Adron, Adryan, Adya, Arjen, Aydrean, Aydreean, Aydrian, Aydrien, Edrian, Hadrian, Hadriano, Hadrien, Haydrian and Haydrien.

For more information, see also related boy names Aad, Dadrian, Darian and Jadrian.

There are 2 feminine forms of Adrian: Adrienne and Hadria.


Adrian is a very popular first name for males (#227 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5972 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Adrian for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Adrian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Adrian outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Adrian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Adrian (#59), Darian (#793), Adrien (#798), Adrain and Adriano. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Adrian, Darian, Adrien, Adrain in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Adrian, Darian, Adriano outside U.S.

Similar Names

Adrian is also pronounced similarly to Odran. Other suggested similar baby names are Abrian, Andrian and Arian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Adrian.