Gender: Male Meaning of Adrian: "man of Adria" Origin of Adrian: Latin Adrian's Popularity in 2019: #56

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.

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Rank in US: #56

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Famous People Named Adrian

Pop Culture References for the name Adrian

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.