The meaning of the name “Adrian” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Adrian is a masculine name of latin origin, meaning ‘Man of Adria,’ and is derived from Hadria, a town in northern Italy, which is named after the Adriatic sea which gets it's named from the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Adrian was the name of several early Christian saints and martyrs.
Adri and Ady are popular diminutives of the name, and variants of Adrienne (Adrianna, Adrienne) are popular as feminine forms of Adrian. For the most part the spelling ‘Adrian’ is very common in most countries, however ‘Adrien,’ is also a common spelling. In some languages such as Italian the spelling is ‘Adriano,’ and pronounced differently. Misspellings tend to be common in the ending--‘Adrain,’ ‘Adraine,’ or ‘Adriane.’
The name Adrian has been in use since the Middle Ages. Adrian has not fallen out of the top hundred names for boys since 1998 in the United States, but it saw particular popularity during the 2000s and 1990s peaking at fifty-sixth position in 2008, 2010, and 2011. The name has been in the top 500 names in the United Kingdom since 1996. Adrian has seen particular popularity in Spain since 2002, peaking at fifth place in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. The name has also been a popular girls name in the feminine form of Adrienne worldwide.
Famous people named Adrian include Adrian Grenier (American Actor and Environmental Activist), Adrian Rowlins (English Actor), and Adrien Brody (American Actor). Famous fictional characters named Adrian include Adrian Corbo or “Flex,” a Marvel Comics superhero, Adrian Veidt or “Ozymandias” of the Watchmen graphic novel, which was later adapted into a film, and Adrian Monk from the popular television series Monk.
There have been six Popes named Adrian, including Adrian IV, the only Englishman to be Pope. Adrian Mole is the title character in a series of books by Sue Townsend.
The famous Hadrian of Ancient Rome was a Roman Emperor in the 14th century and is known for his construction of Hadrian’s Wall, rebuilding the Pantheon, and the Construction of the Temple of Venus and Roma.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Adrian for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Adrian is a boy name.
The name Adrian is of Latin origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, German speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Adrian we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Adrian Name Meaning
The meaning of Adrian has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Adrian are:
American meaning: Dark
English meaning: From the Adriatic Sea
German meaning: Dark
Greek meaning: Rich
Latin meaning: Of the Adriatic; Dark richness
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Adrian and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Adrian and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Adrian is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Adrian
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Adrian displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Adrian Boy Name Popularity Chart
Adrian Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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