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Gender: Male Meaning of Adrian: "man of Adria" Origin of Adrian: Latin Adrian's Popularity in 2017: #58

The name Adrian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "man of Adria". Adrian is ranked #58 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would be the perfect twin?".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Adrian

Adrian I-VI, popes, including Adrian IV, the only English pope
Saint Adrian of Batanea, Christian martyr
Saint Adrian of Canterbury, Abbot of St Augustine's Abbey
Saint Adrian of May, Scottish martyr
Saint Adrian of Ondrusov, Russian Orthodox saint
Saint Adrian of Poshekhonye, Russian Orthodox saint
Adrian of Moscow, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Adrian of Nicomedia, Herculian Guard of Galerius Maximian
Adrian Cruickshank, Australian politician and philanthropist
Adrian Dix, Canadian politician
Adrian Johns, English governor of Gibraltar
Adrian Arrington, American NFL player
Adrian Aucoin, Canadian National Hockey League player
Adrian Cann, Canadian soccer player
Adrian Clayborn, American NFL player
Adrian Dantley, American basketball player
Adrian Gonzalez, Mexican-American baseball player
Adrian Griffin, American basketball player
Adrian Heath, English footballer and manager
Adrian Jones, American football player
Adrian Jones, English former cricketer
Adrian Leijer, Australian footballer
Adrian Lungu, Romanian rugby union footballer
Adrian Mannarino, French tennis player
Adrian Mariappa, English footballer
Adrian McPherson, American quarterback in the Canadian Football League
Adrian (Adolph Greenberg), costume designer for over 250 films
Adrian Alphona, Canadian comic book artist
Adrian Belew, American musician
Adrian Biddle, English cinematographer
Adrian Borland, English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer
Adrian Boult, English conductor
Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter
Adrian Dunbar, Northern Irish actor
Adrian "Ade" Edmondson, English actor, comedian, director, writer and musician
Adrian Enescu, Romanian composer
Adrian Erlandsson, Swedish heavy metal drummer
Adrian Grenier, American actor, musician and director
Adrian Gurvitz, English singer, musician and songwriter
Adrian Griffin, Australian drummer
Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of Liechstenstein
Adrian Heath, British painter
Adrian Hodges, British television and film writer
Adrian Hoven, Austrian actor, producer and film director
Adrian Jones, English sculptor and painter who specialized in animals, particularly horses
Adrian Kowanek, Polish musician
Adrian Legg, English guitar player
Adrian Lester, British actor
Adrian Lukis, British actor
Adrian Lyne, English filmmaker and producer
Adrian Mitchell, English poet, novelist and playwright
Adrian Pasdar, American actor and film director
Adrian Paul, English actor
Adrian Rawlins, English actor
Adrian Rollini, American jazz musician
Adrian Scarborough, English actor
Adrian Sherwood, English record producer
Adrian Sieber, Swiss singer of band Lovebugs
Adrian Smith, English musician of band Iron Maiden
Adrian Truss, English actor and writer
Adrian Utley, English musician of band Portishead
Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch rock guitarist
Adrian Willaert, Flemish composer of the Renaissance and founder of the Venetian School
Adrian Young, American drummer for the rock band No Doubt
Adrian Zingg, Swiss painter
Adrian Zmed, American television personality and film actor
Adrian Simon, son 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

Pop Culture References for the name Adrian

Adrian Andrews, character in video game "Ace Attorney"
Adrian Pucey, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Adrian Monk, neurotic TV detective on "Monk"
Adrian, baby in film "Rosemary's Baby"
Adrian Pennino, wife of Rocky Balboa
Adrian Lee, female character from "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Adrian Mole, character in a series of novels by Sue Townsend
Adrian Ivashkov, character in the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Adrian Helmsley, character in movie "2012"
Adrian, character in August Bournonville's comic ballet "The Kermesse" in Bruges
Adrian Moore, character on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
Adrian Chase aka Prometheus, character on TV's "Arrow"
Adrian Toomes aka Vulture, character in Marvel Universe
Adrian Veidt, character in the graphic novel and film "Watchmen"
Adrian Du Luc, character in the film "Apartment Zero"
Adrian Everhart, also known as Sketch, one of the main characters of Marissa Meyer's Renegades novels

Adrean, Ade, Hadrian

Adrian's International Variations

Arje (Dutch) Adriano (Italian) Adrián, Adrín (Spanish) Adorjan (Hungarian) Aidrian (Irish Gaelic) Adrien (French) Adrião (Portuguese)


Vanessa C. Says:


Love this name. All Adrian's I've met are either really hot or super sweet. Or both lol

Rosie2525 Says:


Haha , I know; can't help it ;D

paulapuddephatt Says:


Really like this name.

klaryan Says:


YO ADRIAN! Lol sorry I had to. But it really is a great name :)

James Says:


Very sad he ruined the name for you :( Hope your sis got rid of the creep.

cated Says:


I love everything about this name! A good "A" name for a boy is hard to find, but this is a gem.

summersnow Says:


I can't have any positive associations with this name, as it's the name of my sister's awful, worthless, and abusive boyfriend.

iheartnames Says:


Love this name! Worn by both male & female members in my family.