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Gender: Male Meaning of Hadrian: "dark-haired" Origin of Hadrian: Latin

The name Hadrian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "dark-haired". Hadrian and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Boys".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Hadrian

Hadrian (born Publius Aelius Hadrianus Buccellanus) Roman Emperor

Pop Culture References for the name Hadrian

Hadrian's Wall, British Historical Monument
Hadrian Blackwater, character in Michael Sullivan's Riyria Revelations books
Hadrian, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"

Adrien, Adriano, Hadrien, Adrian


Madeleine.Ashleigh Says:


I like it bc it reminds me of my trip to Great Britain

ambercat Says:


The kid would probably be doomed to a lifetime of wall jokes/references.

autumnreverie Says:


How is this a "pretentious" name?

I prefer this to Adrian.

It means "from Hadria,'' not "dark-haired."

arr! Says:


Prefer this one over Adrian. Seems better to me.

indiefendi2 Says:


I know Hadrian is the original version but to be honest it sounds ugly. Like saying Adrian with heaving breathing.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Me too. I like the name Adrian, but I don't see this as a "pretentious" version of that. People use Hayden as well as Aidan, and I don't hear people calling that "pretentious".

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this, and it reminds me of visiting Hadrian's Wall.

Ziggy2112 Says:


This is Justin Trudeau's son's name - I pronounce it with a French accent.

SB Says:


When I thought of Hadrian, I thought of Scotland due to the famous wall and less of the emperor or of the name Adrian.

SB Says:


I don't.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like Adrian better.