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Origin, Meaning, And History of Adrian

Adrian is a name that seems to have no borders due to its easy blending with diverse cultures. The name is of Latin origin and derived from the words Hadrianus or Adrianus, with its roots in “adur,” a  Venetic and Illyrian language word for the river Adria, meaning ‘sea’ or ‘water.’ Adrian may also translate to ‘son of Adria,’ owing to its latin origin. In Greek, Adrian means ‘rich’ being associated with the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who was famous for building Hadrian’s wall.

Originating from the ancient town of Adria in Italy, the name has been given to several English Popes and saints. The most notable among them was Pope Adrian VI, who was a Dutch Pope and the head of the Catholic Church and the only Dutchman to become Pope. Adrian was also the name of the saint who served as an abbot in Italy when he was appointed as the abbot of the monastery of saint Peter and Paul in Canterbury. He is better known as the Saint Adrian of Canterbury and is believed to be the patron saint against plague and certain forms of antisocial activities.

Although Adrian is predominantly a boy’s name, it may be used for girls with slight variations such as Adriana or Adrienne. The name is also alternatively spelled as Adrien, Hadrien in French, Adriano in Italian, and  Adrià in Catalan. If you want a shorter, sweeter version, nicknames such as Ryn, Ad, Ady, Adan, Ryan, and Adi can be the suitable options.

The name is enjoying international popularity, ranking high in Spain, Norway, and Sweden and has traversed its way in popular culture from Shakespeare to Harry Potter. Adrian appears in the tragicomedy play “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare where he plays a lord in King Alonso of Naples’s suite and is washed ashore with the King after the tempest. Adrian Pucey, another fictional character appearing in the all-time favorite “Harry Potter ” franchise and has been portrayed as a wizard of the Slytherin house.


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Water; Sea
1 word, 6 letters, 3 vowels, 3 consonants
Medium length and moderately easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Adrian?

Pronounced as ah-dree-an

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Listen to the sound of the name Adrian in English.

Famous People With The Name Adrian

  • Adrien Nicholas YoungAmerican actor, known for his role in “The Pianist” which won him the Academy Award
  • Adrien Jerome BronerAmerican professional boxer, winner of multiple World Championships
  • Adrian Lewis PetersonAmerican football player, considered one of the finest running backs in the history of football
  • Adrian Sean GrenierAmerican actor, producer, director, and musician, best known for his role in the series “Entourage”
  • Adrian Paul HewettEnglish actor, best known for his role in “Highlander: The Series”

Adrian On The Popularity Chart

Adrian has been in use since the Middle Ages and has become popular in the US in the 1900s. Check out the graphs below to know the trend in its popularity and ranking over the years.

Popularity Over Time

The graph shows how, from the 1980s, the name gradually started increasing and reached its highest popularity in 2008 after which it declined in popularity.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Adrian ranked high in popularity in the early 1980s but declined and reached its lowest ranking in 2007. However, the name saw an improvement in ranking after 2007, as shown in the graph below.

Source: Social Security Administration

Adrian On MomJunction Popularity Chart

Know how popular the name Adrian is among the MomJunction readers. We used a unique approach to gather relevant insights for creating this popularity chart by observing the interactions and interest around the name on our platform. See what the trend has been among our readers over these past years.

Names With Similar Sound As Adrian

Do you want to explore other names that resemble the sound of Adrian? Here are a few similar-sounding options for you.

Popular Sibling Names For Adrian

If you are looking for some matching sibling names that resonate with Adrian, check our suggestions here.

Boy Sibling Names For Adrian

Find matching brother names for Adrian and create a wonderful team of siblings.

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Girl Sibling Names For Adrian

Looking for some suitable sister names for Adrian? Check out our collection of beautiful and unique names.

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Other Popular Names Beginning With A

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter A to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Adrian

There are several names with similar meanings like Adrian for your younger one. Look at the list below.

Anagram Names Of Adrian

William Shakespeare is known for his ‘onomastic wit,’ with anagrams being one of them (remember the play Twelfth Night?). Anagram is the rearrangement of the same letters to form different words. Anagramming names has been in vogue for centuries now, and why not when it can create some cute names? Anagram baby names stand out with their unique sound and spellings. You may try an anagram of your name or your partner’s; even better if you combine both names and then try an anagram for the baby. It all stays in the family this way. You may also try anagram names for siblings, especially twins. Here are some anagrams of Adrian.

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Popular Songs On The Name Adrian

Acrostic Poem On Adrian

Dive into the lyrical charm of the name Adrian with this acrostic poem. Witness how each letter paints together a story, capturing the name’s individuality, strength, vitality, and sophistication. Inspiring, is it? Why not try a similar poem that describes what you think of your baby’s personality?


Adventurous spirit taking flights to discover the unknown.


Dainty and delicate like a delightful doily.


Rigid and resilient, like a tree, firmly rooted.


Imagination beyond compare, an inspiration for everyone you care.


Angelic and divine, a little beacon of light.


Nurturing resilience and navigating challenges, never succumbing.

Adrian’s Zodiac Sign And Birth Star As Per Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology, also called Jyotisha, provides deep insights into a person’s life based on celestial positions at birth. Rashi and nakshatra, which are an integral part of Jyotisha, are believed to influence an individual’s personality and life events. The following sections give you rashi-related information, such as the associated letters, elements, ruling body, quality, and nakshatra for the name adrian. These details help analyze a person’s characteristics, personality, and behavior.

Zodiac Sign (Rashi)

As shown in the following table, each rashi is associated with specific sounds, which are often used as the starting letters of names for newborns in Hindu families. Each rashi is represented by a figure and one of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether (Space). One ruling celestial body, known as its 'rashi lord' or 'ruler' is assigned to these rashis. These bodies include Venus, Mars, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. Furthermore, the rashis are assigned various qualities or gunas.

Rashi (zodiac sign)Mesha (Aries)
Starting letters for Mesha (Aries) rashiA, L, E, I, O
Ruling bodyMars
QualityMovable (chara)

Birth Star (Nakshatra)

Another important aspect of Vedic Astrology is the nakshatras, the lunar constellations or star clusters that the Moon occupies during a person's birth. There are 27 nakshatras, each with its own unique qualities, attributes, and symbolism. Each rashi contains two-and-one-fourth nakshatras in it. For example, Aries contains Ashwini, Bharani, and Krithika nakshatras.

The below table provides information on the nakshatras’ degrees on the zodiac circle, their lords and related syllables, for babies born in the Mesha (Aries) rashi. These syllables/phonetics are popularly used to choose the baby name. For precise nakshatra calculation based on your baby's birthplace and date, use our Nakshatra Calculator.

NakshatraDegrees Of The NakshatraNakshatra
Lord (Ruler)
Name Syllables
Ashwini (Awasthi, Aswini)Aries (0 to 13.20 degrees)KetuChu, Che, Cho, Choo, La, Laa
BharaniAries (13. 20 to 26.40 degrees)VenusLee, Lu, Le, Lo, Li
Krittika (Karthikai, Krithika)Aries (26.40 to 30.00 degrees)SunAa, Ae, E, Ee, Ai, A, I, Oo, U

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Adrian In Different Languages

It’s exciting to see our baby’s name spelled and written in various languages. See how people spell Adrian in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and more! Each language has its own way of saying Adrian, but it’s still the same special name. Learn how the name looks and sounds in different languages around the world!


How To Communicate The Name Adrian In Sign Languages

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In Binary

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Name Numerology For Adrian

Numerology is an occult system that gives significance to numbers and their influence on human life and destiny. Numerologists attribute specific qualities, energies, and characteristics to a number. Parents who believe in numerology prefer to choose baby names that resonate positively with the child’s unique numerical vibrations, often derived from their date of birth. Here we give a general birth number and personality traits of the name Adrian, based on the Pythagorean (Western) system. This analysis will differ from child to child based on their date of birth. You may use our numerology calculator for more personalized information.

Baby Name Lists Containing Adrian

Movie Titles Inspired By The Name Adrian

Discover the presence of Adrian in an array of films. Know about the various movies that have this name.

Movie titleOther titlesRelease year
Adrian Street Story: You May Be Pretty, But I Am BeautifulAdrian, Adrian Street Story: You May Be Pretty, But I Am Beautiful, You May Be Pretty, But I Am Beautiful: The Adrian Street Story2019
The List of Adrian MessengerA Lista de Adrian Messenger, Adrian Messenger listája, As Cinco Caras do Assassino, De dodenlijst van A.M., De laatste van de liste, Den sidste på listen, Det elfte mordet, Die Totenliste, Dödslistan, El último de la lista, I 5 volti dell'assassino, La lista de Adrián Messenger, Le dernier de la liste, Lista Adriana Messengera, Lista lui Adrian Messenger, Mord uten spor, Oi 5 ypoptoi, Seznam Adriana Messengera, Sonsuz sokaklar, Yhdestoista murha, Список Едріана Мессенджера, Список Эдриана Мессенджера, Списъкът на Ейдриън Месинджър, 秘密殺人計画書1963

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the meaning of the name Adrian?

The name Adrian means ‘sea’ or ‘water.’

2. What is the origin of the name Adrian?

Adrian has a Latin origin.

3. How to pronounce the name Adrian?

Adrian is pronounced as ah-dree-an.

4. What are some middle name options that go well with Adrian?

Since Adrian was the name of several saints and popes, you can select a middle name inspired by popes or saints to complement it. For instance, Benedict (meaning ‘blessed’) and Felix (meaning ‘fortunate’) could be ideal choices in this genre. Adrian is also related to Hadrian, who was a Roman emperor. Thus, you may choose a middle name that reflects a royal appeal. Names like Albert and Marcus could be classic and regal middle names for Adrian.

5. Is Adrian a traditional name or a more modern choice?

Adrian has been derived from Hadrian and is believed to have been used since the Middle Ages. However, it gained popularity only in the 20th century. In the US, it is one of the most popular names for boys, consistently ranking among the top 100 names in the past few decades (1).


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