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What does Dorian mean?

Dorian /do-ri-an/ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Dorian) is pronounced DOR-ee-en. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Dorian is "descendant of Dorus; from Doris".

Place name: Doris is an area in Greece. Literary: in Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Dorian was granted the wish that he would retain perpetual youth and beauty. A portrait of him changed to show the ravages of time and eventually caused his death.


Dorian has 6 variants: Dore, Dorien, Dorion, Dorrian, Dorrien and Dorryen.

Affiliated boy names: Darrien, Davian, Torin, Doran and Isidore.

Dorian has 2 feminine forms: Doria and Doris.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Dorianno, Dorino, ..

(female) Dorianee, Dorin, ..

How popular is Dorian?

Dorian is a somewhat popular first name for men (#870 out of 1220, Top 71%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#23739 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Dorian for boys. Dorian was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #398 in the U.S. in 2000, and is at #535 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the statistics of the boy name Dorian and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Dorian (#535 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Darrien, Davian (#753 via latest list), Doran, Dorien, Isidore and Torin (#1140). Usage of these forms of Dorian was at its peak in 2008 (adoption of 0.1%) and is almost as widespread today (adoption 0.1%, 14.6%), but with the version Isidore becoming less in vogue. Dorian is more familiar than the rest, though Davian has become popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorian, Darrien, Davian, Doran, Dorien in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Isidore, Torin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dorian and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Dorian is alike in pronunciation to Daren, Darien, Darion, Daron, Darren, Darrian, Darrin, Darrion, Darron, Darryan, Darryn, Darwon, Darwyn, Daryn, Deron, Derren, Derrian, Derron, Derwin, Derwyn, Doron, Dorrin, Duran, Durwin and Durwyn. Other recommended names are Abrian, Adrian, Arian, Brian, Corin, Corwan, Dacian, Dadrian, Damian, Dargan, Darias, Doan, Dolan, Donnan, Doogan, Doram, Doriel, Doroni, Dougan, Dowan, Edrian, Eirian, Florian, Goran, Gordan, Gorin, Gorman, Joran, Jordan, Jorgan, Jorian, Jurian, Korin, Loran, Lorcan, Lorin, Morgan, Norman, Thorian, Toran, Torean, Torion, Torran and Torrian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dorian.