Usage: Adrian, of Latin origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Adrian are in general originating from France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Adrian across the world, see Adriaan.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 11.
The name Adrian is ranked on the 266th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 2284600 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.032% of the population.
The name Adrian has six characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Adrian for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Adrian is a form of the Latin given name Adrianus or Hadrianus. Its ultimate origin is likely via the former river Adria from the Venetic word adur for ‘water’. The Adria was until the 8th century BC the main channel of the Po River into the Adriatic Sea, but ceased to exist before the 1st century BC. Hecataeus of Miletus (c.550 – c.476 BC) asserted that both the Etruscan harbor city of Adria and the Adriatic Sea had been named after it. Emperor Hadrian’s family was named after the city or region of Adria/Hadria, now Atri, in Picenum, which likely started as an Etruscan or Greek colony of the older harbor city of the same name.
Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the only English pope, Adrian IV, and the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI. As an English name, it has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it was not popular until modern times.
Usual English form of the Latin name Hadriānus ‘man from Hadria’. Hadria was a town in northern Italy which has given its name to the Adriatic Sea; it is of unknown derivation, and the initial H-has always been very volatile. The name was borne by the Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus, during whose reign (AD 117–38) Hadrian's Wall was built across northern England. The name was later taken by several early popes, including the only English pope, Nicholas Breakspeare (Adrian IV). It has become particularly popular in the English-speaking world during the past thirty years.
Cognates: French: Adrien. Italian: Adriano. Spanish: Adrián. Portuguese: Adrião. Hungarian: Adorjan.
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