Names Ending in -ian for Boys

  1. Fabian
    • Origin:

      Latin clan name
    • Meaning:

      "bean grower"
    • Description:

      Fabian is the ancient name of a saint and pope that also has Shakespearean cred as Olivia's servant in Twelfth Night and more recently made an appearance in Harry Potter. In the U.S. Fabian became best known via the 1960s teen idol/singer who went solely by his first name.
  2. Finnian
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "fair"
    • Description:

      Finnian is a fair jig of a name, energetic and easy on the ear. Finnian (and brother Finian) is also familiar in its alternate spelling through the classic 1968 Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow, later made into a film starring Fred Astaire as Finian McLonergan.
  3. Elian
    • Origin:

      Dutch variation of Elijah
    • Description:

      This variation has the popular Eli (or for femalies Elli) prefix and nickname. Elian ranks in the Top 20 in Puerto Rico.
  4. Hadrian
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "dark-haired"
    • Description:

      Most parents would find this old Roman name pretentious compared to the more accessible Adrian, but some history buffs just might want to commemorate the enlightened emperor.
  5. Valerian
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "strength, health"
    • Description:

      This name of a Roman emperor and of a sedating plant doesn't have much of a baby name future, unless you just like its strong, rhythmic sound.
  6. Darian
    • Origin:

      Variation of Darius
    • Meaning:

      "wealth, kingly"
    • Description:

      The most popular spelling in a family of names including Darien and Darion, Darian has nonetheless been on the decline since it peaked in the 1990s.
  7. Aurelian
    • Ethian
      • Vivian
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "life"
        • Description:

          Deriving from the Roman cognomen Vivianus, Vivian was originally a masculine name, with Vivien being a feminine soundalike coined by Alfred Lord Tennyson for the Lady of the Lake in his famous poetic adaptation of the legend of King Arthur. It has since become a much more popular choice for girls in the US, but retains a refined British charm which sees it cropping up occasionally for boys in the Telegraph birth announcements.
      • Cyprian
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "man of Cyprus"
        • Description:

          With a long and noble history -- Cyprian was one of the great Christian Latin writers -- this could make a highly unusual but meaningful choice.
      • Rian
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "little king"
        • Description:

          More authentic and original form of Ryan, but far less common of the two spellings.
      • Tarian
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "shield"
        • Description:

          Country singer Travis Tritt is partial to the letter T for his children's names: he has a Tyler, a Tristan, and a son named Tarian. Tarian is a unisex Welsh name which, though used more for girls in Wales, would be perfectly acceptable here for a boy.
      • Octavian
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "eighth"
        • Description:

          With the rise of ancient Roman names, Octavian suddenly seem plausible again. A variation of Octavius and relative of the more modern Octavio, it's an equally attractive member of the trio.
      • Kilian
        • Origin:

          German variation of Cillian, Irish
        • Meaning:

          "war strife; church"
        • Description:

          This German spelling of the classic Irish Cillian is heard throughout Europe — it's a popular choice in France as well.
      • Ossian
        • Origin:

          Old Irish
        • Meaning:

          "little deer"
        • Description:

          Ossian, or Osian, from the Old Irish name Oisin, was the son of Finn in Irish legend that was transformed into a Scottish hero in the Ossianic poems of James Macpherson in the eighteenth century--which also popularlized Oscar, Fingal, Selma and Malvina.
      • Viridian
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "blue green color"
        • Description:

          Unusual and beautiful blue green color and name possibility, a la Cerulean.
      • Emilian
        • Origin:

          Romanian form of Emil
        • Meaning:

          "rival"
        • Description:

          With the new trend of boys' names rising on the heels of their popular sisters, the unusual-yet-familiar-feeling Emilian might become better known thanks to its relationship to Emily and Emilia/Amelia. Rather than being two branches of the same tree, Emilian and Emily are actually one tree while Emmett and Emma hang on a whole separate tree. But all have a lot of modern appeal, and Emilian may be a more attractive and intriguing male form than Emil. There was a St. Emilian.
      • Gian
        • Origin:

          Italian, diminutive of Giovanni
        • Meaning:

          "God is gracious"
        • Description:

          Gian sounds (almost) like John, so there's some potential for confusion, but the spelling makes it unmistakeably Italian. It could be a solution if longer names like Gianni and Gianluca aren't your style.
      • Marian
        • Origin:

          Polish, Czech and Romanian form of Marianus/Marius
        • Meaning:

          "related to Mars, Roman god of war"
        • Description:

          An attractive and little-known member of the group of romantic, Euro-chic boys' names ending in -ian: think Julian, Fabian, Florian, Adrian.
      • Rhydian
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "unknown"
        • Description:

          Variation on Rhidian, a Welsh saint's name.