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What does Adrian mean?

Adrian \a-drian, ad-rian\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' 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 variants: Ade, Adiran, Adrain, Adrean, Adreean, Adreeyan, Adreyan, 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.

Adrian has 2 feminine forms: Adrienne and Hadria.


Adrian is a very prominent first name for males (#227 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#6036 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Adrian for boys. Adrian reached its top rank of #56 in the U.S. in 2011, and is presently at #59. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Adrian and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Adrian (#59 a year ago) ranked in the Top 1000 are Adrain, Adrien (#798 a year ago) and Darian (#793). These boy names were at the top of their popularity in 2003 (usage of 0.415%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3375%, down 18.7%), with the version Darian becoming less in vogue. Adrian (#59) and Adrien (#798) are two of the more trendy names for newborns in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Adrian is alike in pronunciation to Odran. Other recommended similar baby names are Abrian, Andrian and Arian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Adrian.