What does Dorian mean?
Dorian /do-ri-an/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Dorian for boys. Dorian was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex rank of #398 in the U.S. in 2000, and is at #535 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dorian and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Dorian (#535 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Darrien, Davian (#753 a year ago) and Isidore. Usage of these boy names was at its peak in 2005 (usage of 0.2238%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.178%, ▼20.4%), but with the version Isidore becoming less in vogue. Davian (#753) and Dorian (#535) are two of the more trendy baby names here. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Dorian▲ is alike in pronunciation to Daran, Darian▼, Darien▼, Darin▼, Darion▼, Darran, Darrian▼, Derrian, Doron, Dorran, Dorren, Dorrin and Duran. Other recommended similar baby names are Doram and Jorian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dorian.