Boy Names baby nameAdrian

What does the name Adrian mean?

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
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.