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What does Adrian mean?

Adrian Pronunciation of Adrian [adri-an] 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.

Associated with: sea, roman, emperor (king), popular (famous).


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.

Affiliated boy names: Aad, Dadrian, Darian and Jadrian.

2 feminine forms: Adrienne and Hadria.

Creative forms:
(male) Adriav, ..

(female) Adrial, Adrias, ..

Middle name pairings:
Adrian Tobin (A.T.), ..

How popular is Adrian?

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)

Adrian reached its top rank of #56 in the U.S. in 2011, and is presently at #58. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adrian name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Adrian (#58 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Adrain, Adriano, Adrien (#855 a year ago), Adron and Darian (#787). These relations of Adrian were popular a decade ago (median #1201) and are almost as popular today (#1283, 13%). Adrian and Adrien are two of the more trendy names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adrian, Adrain, Adriano, Adrien, Adron, Darian in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Adrian is alike in pronunciation to Odhran and Odran. Other recommended names are Aaran, Aarin, Abran, Abrian, Adan, Adin, Adlin, Adnan, Adriel, Ahran, Aldrin, Andrian, Aran, Ardian, Arian, Arien, Arin, Arion, Arlan, Arman, Arnan, Arran, Arrin, Azria, Azriah, Brian, Dorian, Eirian, Jorian and Jurian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Adrian.