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What does Dorian mean?

Dorian Pronunciation of Dorian 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. Also form of Doran. Also form of Isidore.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, beauty (handsome)


VARIANTS Dore, Dorien, Dorion, Dorrian, Dorrien, Dorryen

SEE ALSO Darrien, Davian, Torin




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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)

Dorian was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #398 in the U.S. in 2000, and is at #521 currently. (2018 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.

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Dorian (#521 VIA LATEST LIST) listed in the Top 2000 are Darrien, Davian (#993), Doran, Dorien, Isidore and Torin (#980). 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%, 12.8%), but with the version Isidore becoming less in vogue. Dorian is more familiar than the rest, though Torin 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 sound-alike 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.

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