"man of Adria"

Adrian Origin and Meaning

The name Adrian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "man of Adria".

Adrian is derived from Hadrianus, a Roman family name meaning "from Hadria." There were two Roman towns called Hadria, the first in Northern Italy, modern day Adria, and the second in Central Italy, known today as Atri. The name of the Adriatic Sea comes from the same origins as Adrian.

Adrian has in the past been neglected due to its similarity to the feminine Adrienne but is now being reconsidered. Well used in England since the 1950s, and the name of one Pope and several saints—it could be a winning choice. Adriano is a pleasing foreign variation, and you could always go back to the Roman Emperor version, Hadrian.

Adrian Pucey is a Harry Potter character, and on the small screen, namesakes include Adrian Monk and Entourage actor Adrian Grenier.

Adrian is also enjoying international popularity, ranking highly in Spain, Norway, and Sweden.

# 63 in the US

Adrian Rank in US Top 1000

# 831 on Nameberry

Adrian Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Adrian Popularity

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Famous People Named Adrian

  • Adrian YoungAmerican drummer for the rock band No Doubt
  • Adrian IVI, popes, including Adrian IV, the only English pope
  • Saint Adrian of BataneaChristian martyr
  • Saint Adrian of CanterburyAbbot of St Augustine's Abbey
  • Saint Adrian of MayScottish martyr
  • Saint Adrian of OndrusovRussian Orthodox saint
  • Saint Adrian of PoshekhonyeRussian Orthodox saint
  • Adrian of MoscowPatriarch of Moscow and All Russia
  • Adrian of NicomediaHerculian Guard of Galerius Maximian
  • Adrian CruickshankAustralian politician and philanthropist
  • Adrian DixCanadian politician
  • Adrian JohnsEnglish governor of Gibraltar
  • Adrian ArringtonAmerican NFL player
  • Adrian AucoinCanadian National Hockey League player
  • Adrian CannCanadian soccer player
  • Adrian ClaybornAmerican NFL player
  • Adrian DantleyAmerican basketball player
  • Adrian GonzalezMexican,American baseball player
  • Adrian GriffinAmerican basketball player
  • Adrian HeathEnglish footballer and manager
  • Adrian JonesAmerican football player
  • Adrian JonesEnglish former cricketer
  • Adrian LeijerAustralian footballer
  • Adrian LunguRomanian rugby union footballer
  • Adrian MannarinoFrench tennis player
  • Adrian MariappaEnglish footballer
  • Adrian McPhersonAmerican quarterback in the Canadian Football League
  • Adrian (Adolph Greenberg)costume designer for over 250 films
  • Adrian AlphonaCanadian comic book artist
  • Adrian BelewAmerican musician
  • Adrian BiddleEnglish cinematographer
  • Adrian BorlandEnglish singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer
  • Adrian BoultEnglish conductor
  • Adrian ChilesBritish television and radio presenter
  • Adrian DunbarNorthern Irish actor
  • Adrian "Ade" EdmondsonEnglish actor, comedian, director, writer and musician
  • Adrian EnescuRomanian composer
  • Adrian ErlandssonSwedish heavy metal drummer
  • Adrian GrenierAmerican actor, musician and director
  • Adrian GurvitzEnglish singer, musician and songwriter
  • Adrian GriffinAustralian drummer
  • Adrian HaslerPrime Minister of Liechstenstein
  • Adrian HeathBritish painter
  • Adrian HodgesBritish television and film writer
  • Adrian HovenAustrian actor, producer and film director
  • Adrian JonesEnglish sculptor and painter who specialized in animals, particularly horses
  • Adrian KowanekPolish musician
  • Adrian LeggEnglish guitar player
  • Adrian LesterBritish actor
  • Adrian LukisBritish actor
  • Adrian LyneEnglish filmmaker and producer
  • Adrian MitchellEnglish poet, novelist and playwright
  • Adrian PasdarAmerican actor and film director
  • Adrian PaulEnglish actor
  • Adrian RawlinsEnglish actor
  • Adrian RolliniAmerican jazz musician
  • Adrian ScarboroughEnglish actor
  • Adrian SherwoodEnglish record producer
  • Adrian SieberSwiss singer of band Lovebugs
  • Adrian SmithEnglish musician of band Iron Maiden
  • Adrian TrussEnglish actor and writer
  • Adrian UtleyEnglish musician of band Portishead
  • Adrian VandenbergDutch rock guitarist
  • Adrian WillaertFlemish composer of the Renaissance and founder of the Venetian School
  • Adrian ZinggSwiss painter
  • Adrian ZmedAmerican television personality and film actor
  • Adrian Simonson of American musicians Paul Simon and Edie Brickell
  • Adrian Dovolani (b. 2008)son of dancer Tony Dovolani; twin sister Ariana
  • Adrian Eli Wrease (b. 2010)son of Cleondra Carter and Michael Wrease of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
  • Adrian Ellory Followill (b. 2013)son of musicians Matthew Followill and Johanna Bennett
  • Adrian Benjamin Colonomos (b. 2015)son of TV presenters Ginger Zee and Ben Aaron

Adrian in Pop Culture

  • Adrian Andrewscharacter in video game "Ace Attorney"
  • Adrian Puceycharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Adrian Monkneurotic TV detective on "Monk"
  • Adrianbaby in film "Rosemary's Baby"
  • Adrian Penninowife of Rocky Balboa
  • Adrian Leefemale character from "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
  • Adrian Molecharacter in a series of novels by Sue Townsend
  • Adrian Ivashkovcharacter in the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
  • Adrian Helmsleycharacter in movie "2012"
  • Adriancharacter in August Bournonville's comic ballet "The Kermesse" in Bruges
  • Adrian Moorecharacter on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
  • Adrian Chase aka Prometheuscharacter on TV's "Arrow"
  • Adrian Toomes aka Vulturecharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Adrian Veidtcharacter in the graphic novel and film "Watchmen"
  • Adrian Seidelmanmale alter ego of comic/animated character Cybersix
  • Adrian Du Luccharacter in the film "Apartment Zero"
  • Adrian Everhartalso known as Sketch, one of the main characters of Marissa Meyer's Renegades novels

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