Adrian Name Meaning

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Fact: One of the most famous bearers of the name was the Roman Emperor Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus), who ruled from 117 to 138 AD

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A Deep Dive

Adrian Overview

Meaning

Son of Adria

Gender

Boy, Gender-neutral

Origin

Latin

Etymology

Derived from the Latin name “Hadrianus,” meaning “from Hadria,” a town in northern Italy.

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈeɪdriən/

Popularity

Adrian is a popular name globally, particularly in European and English-speaking countries. Recently, Adrian has consistently ranked within the top 100 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

11 (Intuitive, Idealistic, Spiritual)

Name Styles

Classic, Cool, Modern, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, intelligent, artistic, dependable

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Saint Adrian of Nicomedia, a Christian martyr, is a notable figure. The name has been borne by several saints and popes.

Name Day

September 8th (Saint Adrian of Nicomedia)
A Deep Dive

Adrian Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Adrien, Adriano, Hadrian, Adrienn, Adryan

Common Nicknames

Adi, Ade, Rian

Diminutives

Ady, Ad, Ado

Famous People

  • Adrian Peterson
    (American Football Player)
  • Adrian Brody
    (American Actor)
  • Adrian Grenier
    (American Actor)
  • Adrian Smith
    (English Musician)
  • Adrian Beltre
    (Dominican Baseball Player)
  • Adrian Lyne
    (English Director)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Adrian Pennino
    ("Rocky," Film Series)
  • "Adrian Mole: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾"
    (Novel)
  • Adrian Veidt
    ("Watchmen," Comic Series)
  • Adrian Monk
    ("Monk," TV Series)

Places

  • Adrian City
    (Michigan, USA)
  • Adrian City
    (Minnesota, USA)
  • Adrian Lake
    (Ontario, Canada)
  • Adrian Island
    (Antarctica)
  • Adrian Park
    (London, UK)

What Is the Meaning of Adrian?

Adrian means “from Hadria” or “dark one.” The name suggests a personality that is mysterious and charismatic, often admired for its depth and intriguing qualities.

What Is the Origin of The Name Adrian?

Adrian has Latin origins. It comes from the Roman name “Hadrianus,” which referred to someone from the town of Hadria. The name gained popularity in the Roman Empire and has been widely used in various cultures throughout history.

Adrian Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Adrian in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#612021#632022#672023
Top 3 Rankings#562008#562010#562011

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Adrian

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202367
(-4 from 2022)
4646
(-395 from 2022)
0.25372
202263
(-2 from 2021)
5041
(-99 from 2021)
0.26914
202161
(-3 from 2020)
5140
(-174 from 2020)
0.27434
202058
(-2 from 2019)
5314
(-466 from 2019)
0.28729
201956
(+6 from 2018)
5780
(-35 from 2018)
0.30076
201862
(-4 from 2017)
5815
(-416 from 2017)
0.29916
201758
(+2 from 2016)
6231
(-103 from 2016)
0.31484
201660
(-2 from 2015)
6334
(-201 from 2015)
0.31269
201558
(+1 from 2014)
6535
(-169 from 2014)
0.31965
201459
(+1 from 2013)
6704
(-148 from 2013)
0.32715
201360
(+1 from 2012)
6852
(-98 from 2012)
0.33909
201261
(-5 from 2011)
6950
(-399 from 2011)
0.34250
201156
No change from 2010
7349
(-59 from 2010)
0.36177
201056
(+3 from 2009)
7408
(-225 from 2009)
0.36059
200959
(-3 from 2008)
7633
(-303 from 2008)
0.35989
200856
(+5 from 2007)
7936
(+195 from 2007)
0.36397
200761
(+2 from 2006)
7741
(+359 from 2006)
0.34947
200663
(+2 from 2005)
7382
(+656 from 2005)
0.33671
200565
(+7 from 2004)
6726
(+587 from 2004)
0.31617
200472
(-4 from 2003)
6139
(+29 from 2003)
0.29049
200368
(+5 from 2002)
6110
(+426 from 2002)
0.29079
200273
(+2 from 2001)
5684
(+260 from 2001)
0.27503
200175
(+3 from 2000)
5424
(+84 from 2000)
0.26223
200078
(+1 from 1999)
5340
(+273 from 1999)
0.25571
199979
(-8 from 1998)
5067
(-362 from 1998)
0.24850
199871
(+24 from 1997)
5429
(+1314 from 1997)
0.26775
199795
(-3 from 1996)
4115
(+6 from 1996)
0.20598
199692
(+5 from 1995)
4109
(+199 from 1995)
0.20507
199597
No change from 1994
3910
(+96 from 1994)
0.19440
199497
(+2 from 1993)
3814
(+60 from 1993)
0.18711
199399
(-3 from 1992)
3754
(-105 from 1992)
0.18175
199296
(-3 from 1991)
3859
(-61 from 1991)
0.18383
199193
(+1 from 1990)
3920
(-80 from 1990)
0.18493
199094
(+6 from 1989)
4000
(+582 from 1989)
0.18587
1989100
(+1 from 1988)
3418
(+198 from 1988)
0.16307
1988101
(+1 from 1987)
3220
(+374 from 1987)
0.16082
1987102
(-3 from 1986)
2846
(-97 from 1986)
0.14593
198699
(-6 from 1985)
2943
(-189 from 1985)
0.15315
198593
(+14 from 1984)
3132
(+475 from 1984)
0.16275
1984107
No change from 1983
2657
(+107 from 1983)
0.14158
1983107
(+10 from 1982)
2550
(+35 from 1982)
0.13683
1982117
(-2 from 1981)
2515
(+47 from 1981)
0.13327
1981115
No change from 1980
2468
(+76 from 1980)
0.13252
1980115
(-3 from 1979)
2392
(+27 from 1979)
0.12897
1979112
(-1 from 1978)
2365
(+59 from 1978)
0.13203
1978111
(+10 from 1977)
2306
(+45 from 1977)
0.13496
1977121
(+3 from 1976)
2261
(+142 from 1976)
0.13227
1976124
(+9 from 1975)
2119
(+166 from 1975)
0.12979
1975133
(+5 from 1974)
1953
(+136 from 1974)
0.12038
1974138
(+16 from 1973)
1817
(+204 from 1973)
0.11146
1973154
(+3 from 1972)
1613
(-65 from 1972)
0.09996
1972157
(+20 from 1971)
1678
(+171 from 1971)
0.10024
1971177
(+23 from 1970)
1507
(+212 from 1970)
0.08290
1970200
(+23 from 1969)
1295
(+251 from 1969)
0.06799
1969223
(+8 from 1968)
1044
(+86 from 1968)
0.05708
1968231
(+16 from 1967)
958
(+145 from 1967)
0.05396
1967247
(+19 from 1966)
813
(+58 from 1966)
0.04569
1966266
(+2 from 1965)
755
(-18 from 1965)
0.04154
1965268
(+8 from 1964)
773
(-11 from 1964)
0.04080
1964276
(+29 from 1963)
784
(+131 from 1963)
0.03868
1963305
(-15 from 1962)
653
(-49 from 1962)
0.03163
1962290
(+21 from 1961)
702
(+69 from 1961)
0.03340
1961311
(+15 from 1960)
633
(+77 from 1960)
0.02935
1960326
(+27 from 1959)
556
(+72 from 1959)
0.02568
1959353
(+14 from 1958)
484
(+40 from 1958)
0.02234
1958367
(-16 from 1957)
444
(-19 from 1957)
0.02060
1957351
No change from 1956
463
(+22 from 1956)
0.02115
1956351
(-3 from 1955)
441
(+10 from 1955)
0.02055
1955348
(+20 from 1954)
431
(+64 from 1954)
0.02062
1954368
(-23 from 1953)
367
(-37 from 1953)
0.01774
1953345
(+8 from 1952)
404
(+36 from 1952)
0.02018
1952353
(+10 from 1951)
368
(+10 from 1951)
0.01865
1951363
(+27 from 1950)
358
(+60 from 1950)
0.01873
1950390
(-10 from 1949)
298
(-16 from 1949)
0.01638
1949380
(+11 from 1948)
314
(+9 from 1948)
0.01743
1948391
(+3 from 1947)
305
(+3 from 1947)
0.01711
1947394
(-12 from 1946)
302
(+12 from 1946)
0.01626
1946382
(+13 from 1945)
290
(+59 from 1945)
0.01757
1945395
(-8 from 1944)
231
(-10 from 1944)
0.01684
1944387
(+27 from 1943)
241
(+19 from 1943)
0.01735
1943414
(-22 from 1942)
222
(-15 from 1942)
0.01526
1942392
(-30 from 1941)
237
(-23 from 1941)
0.01683
1941362
(+8 from 1940)
260
(+23 from 1940)
0.02072
1940370
(-16 from 1939)
237
(-11 from 1939)
0.01998
1939354
(-1 from 1938)
248
(+1 from 1938)
0.02188
1938353
(+8 from 1937)
247
(+23 from 1937)
0.02173
1937361
(+9 from 1936)
224
(+7 from 1936)
0.02048
1936370
(+2 from 1935)
217
(+6 from 1935)
0.02039
1935372
(+11 from 1934)
211
(+7 from 1934)
0.01973
1934383
(+9 from 1933)
204
(+9 from 1933)
0.01921
1933392
(-7 from 1932)
195
(-15 from 1932)
0.01911
1932385
(-2 from 1931)
210
(-4 from 1931)
0.01955
1931383
(+27 from 1930)
214
(+9 from 1930)
0.02000
1930410
(-27 from 1929)
205
(-23 from 1929)
0.01815
1929383
(+7 from 1928)
228
(-2 from 1928)
0.02058
1928390
(+13 from 1927)
230
(+9 from 1927)
0.02015
1927403
(-58 from 1926)
221
(-59 from 1926)
0.01902
1926345
(+18 from 1925)
280
(+13 from 1925)
0.02444
1925363
(-48 from 1924)
267
(-66 from 1924)
0.02319
1924315
(-5 from 1923)
333
(-7 from 1923)
0.02849
1923310
(+48 from 1922)
340
(+65 from 1922)
0.03003
1922358
No change from 1921
275
(-8 from 1921)
0.02444
1921358
(-10 from 1920)
283
(-1 from 1920)
0.02487
1920348
(-7 from 1919)
284
(+10 from 1919)
0.02580
1919341
(-32 from 1918)
274
(-51 from 1918)
0.02699
1918309
(+21 from 1917)
325
(+52 from 1917)
0.03099
1917330
(+17 from 1916)
273
(+31 from 1916)
0.02846
1916347
(+4 from 1915)
242
(+11 from 1915)
0.02621
1915351
(+2 from 1914)
231
(+57 from 1914)
0.02622
1914353
(-26 from 1913)
174
(+19 from 1913)
0.02546
1913327
(+3 from 1912)
155
(+25 from 1912)
0.02890
1912330
(+49 from 1911)
130
(+75 from 1911)
0.02880
1911379
(+36 from 1910)
55
(+13 from 1910)
0.02278
1910415
(-18 from 1909)
42
(+4 from 1909)
0.02014
1909397
(-42 from 1908)
38
(-3 from 1908)
0.02149
1908355
(+50 from 1907)
41
(+10 from 1907)
0.02464
1907405
(-50 from 1906)
31
(-3 from 1906)
0.01955
1906355
(+5 from 1905)
34
(+1 from 1905)
0.02360
1905360
(+8 from 1904)
33
(+3 from 1904)
0.02304
1904368
(+43 from 1903)
30
(+7 from 1903)
0.02166
1903411
(-23 from 1902)
23
(-3 from 1902)
0.01779
1902388
(-54 from 1901)
26
(-3 from 1901)
0.01959
1901334
(+96 from 1900)
29
(+2 from 1900)
0.02509
1900430
(-108 from 1899)
27
(-3 from 1899)
0.01665
1899322
(+183 from 1898)
30
(+13 from 1898)
0.02604
1898505
(-145 from 1897)
17
(-10 from 1897)
0.01287
1897360
(+57 from 1896)
27
(+5 from 1896)
0.02214
1896417
(+59 from 1895)
22
(+4 from 1895)
0.01705
1895476
(-12 from 1894)
18
No change from 1894
0.01421
1894464
(+74 from 1893)
18
(+5 from 1893)
0.01441
1893538
(-80 from 1892)
13
(-5 from 1892)
0.01074
1892458
(-17 from 1891)
18
(+2 from 1891)
0.01369
1891441
(-7 from 1890)
16
(-1 from 1890)
0.01464
1890434
(+30 from 1889)
17
(+1 from 1889)
0.01420
1889464
(-34 from 1888)
16
(-3 from 1888)
0.01344
1888430
(+58 from 1887)
19
(+6 from 1887)
0.01463
1887488
(-57 from 1886)
13
(-4 from 1886)
0.01189
1886431
(+116 from 1885)
17
(+5 from 1885)
0.01428
1885547
(+116 from 1884)
12
(+3 from 1884)
0.01035
1884663
(-184 from 1883)
9
(-5 from 1883)
0.00733
1883479
(-53 from 1882)
14
(-4 from 1882)
0.01245
1882426
(+77 from 1881)
18
(+6 from 1881)
0.01475
1881503
(-100 from 1880)
12
(-6 from 1880)
0.01108
1880403
First SSA data recorded
18
First SSA data recorded
0.01520

American States Popularity Rankings for Adrian

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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Florida (FL)

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New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#702021#592022#672023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#632021#552022#592023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#332021#252022#292023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#792021#782022#872023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#822021#1082022#762023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#642021#642022#622023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1422021#1532022#1762023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#692021#462022#702023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#642021#562022#812023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1432021#1392022#1322023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1162021#1032022#1212023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#772021#892022#782023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#312021#382022#322023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1072021#1192022#1072023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#762021#872022#942023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1392021#1242022#1392023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#1342021#1582022#1532023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#972021#1272022#962023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#882021#892022#602023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#482021#352022#532023

Oklahoma (OK)

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Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1272021#1292022#1492023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1462021#1492022#1152023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1352021#1062022#1072023

Oregon (OR)

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Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#782021#682022#1242023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1322021#1202022#1292023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1242021#1212022#1752023

Connecticut (CT)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Utah (UT)

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Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1112021#1102022#922023

District of Columbia (DC)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Idaho (ID)

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Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#752020#1692022#1052023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#512021#352022#622023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#2232021#1792022#2382023

Alaska (AK)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Delaware (DE)

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Maine (ME)

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North Dakota (ND)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Montana (MT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Vermont (VT)

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Popularity Rankings for Adrian in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#112020#132021#122022

Popularity in Romania

Romania flagRomania#162009#172010#182011

Popularity in Galicia, Spain

Galicia, Spain flagGalicia, Spain#202020#252021#292022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#322021#332022#312023

Popularity in Croatia

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#402021#542022#622023

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#412020#412021

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#482020#532021#552022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#532021#612022#622023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#592021#642022#722023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#822021#792022#1212023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#862000#1002002#922003

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#872021#1082022#972023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#922020#1152021#872022

Popularity in Uruguay

Uruguay flagUruguay#902023

Popularity in Russia (Moscow)

Russia (Moscow) flagRussia (Moscow)#1222020#1192021#1112024

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1632020#1402021#2062022

Popularity in Czechia

Czechia flagCzechia#1812014#1622015#1712016

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#1812013#1802014#1722015

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#2572021#2252022#2682023

Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Scotland

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Adrian a Name for Boys or Girls?

Adrian is commonly a boy’s name but can also be used for girls. Its classic and versatile sound makes it suitable for both genders, though it is more frequently given to boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Adrian

Adrian in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Adrian Peterson (Football Player, born 1985): An American professional football player known for his career as a running back in the NFL.
  • Adrian Brody (Actor, born 1973): An American actor who won an Academy Award for his role in "The Pianist."
  • Adrian Grenier (Actor, born 1976): An American actor best known for his role as Vincent Chase in the TV series "Entourage."
  • Adrian Smith (Musician, born 1957): An English guitarist and member of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
  • Adrian Beltre (Baseball Player, born 1979): A Dominican former professional baseball third baseman known for his time with the Texas Rangers.
  • Adrian Lyne (Director, born 1941): An English film director known for movies like "Fatal Attraction" and "Flashdance."
  • Adrian Newey (Engineer, born 1958): A British Formula One engineer known for his work with several successful racing teams.
  • Adrian Lester (Actor, born 1968): A British actor known for his roles in "Hustle" and "Primary Colors."
  • Adrian Paul (Actor, born 1959): A British actor best known for his role as Duncan MacLeod in the TV series "Highlander."