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Quick Facts on Adrian

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 60
Simple meaning:
Man from Hadria (Adriatic Sea)

Characteristics of Adrian

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Adrian

Adrian is a very ancient name, as ancient as the Etruscan race (a now extinct Italic tribe long ago replaced by the Latins). The name is linked to the Adriatic Sea and may have been borrowed from an Illyrian word “adur” meaning “water, sea”. The Illyrian languages were a group of languages spoken on the western side of the Balkans on the other side of the Adriatic Sea from present-day Italy. The early Etruscan settlement in northern Italy on the Adriatic Sea was known as Hadria and the Latin “hadrianus” (Adrian) meant quite literally, “man from Hadria”. The name was most famously borne by a 2nd century Roman Emperor, Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus). Hadrian is best known for erecting Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, then the most northern point of the ever-expanding Roman Empire. The intent was to protect the new Roman province of Britannia from attacks by the Scottish tribes. The 75-mile long wall took 10 years to build, parts of which are still very visible today across the rolling hills of northern England. Many Roman Catholic Popes used the name Adrian in the Middle Ages, most notably, Pope Adrian IV (12th century), who has the distinction of being the only English-born Pope to this day. As an English name, Adrian (which dropped the original H) has been around since the Middle Ages and beyond, but it really didn’t become significantly popular until more recently in the 20th century.

Popularity of the Name Adrian

The name Adrian has a history of being a unisex name in America, although it’s quite clearly moved over to the boy’s side now. The name went out of fashion for girls in the year 2000, probably replaced by the more feminine spelling Adrienne (same pronunciation) or the feminized Adrian(n)a. So we’re back to Adrian being distinctly masculine (as is the French spelling of Adrien). American parents have been bestowing Adrian on their little boys for over a century, but only at moderate levels. It wasn’t until 1990 that the name finally achieved Top 100 status, and today he’s dancing around the Top 60. Adrian is a very dignified and erudite-sounding name for boys. There’s a certain self-confidence he carries with him. We picture a little boy marching to the beat of his own drummer.
Popularity of the Boy Name Adrian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Adrian

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Adrian

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Adrian

    Adrian We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Adrian.

  • Popular Songs on Adrian

    Popular Songs on Adrian

    Adrian - a song by the Eurythmics

    Adrian - a song by Jewel

    Adrian - a song by Mason Jennings

    Adrian - a song by Sophie B. Hawkins

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Adrian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Adrian

    Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Sue Townsend) - In spite of himself, Adrian Mole reveals his enormous wit and wisdom in this secret diary as he suffers through acne, bullying, and his parent's separation. A. Mole, the unforgettable lad whose self-absorption only gets funnier as his life becomes more desperate. Recommended for ages 13+

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat (Stuart Macfarlane) - Adrian is playful, kind, and compassionate. He is also maddening, a poor judge of character, and incapable of seeing the world from any point of view other than his own. He is, in fact, a cat. This day-by-day account chronicles a year in which he joins a criminal gang, saves the life of a wounded fox, befriends a slightly insane pirate parrot and a baby robin, falls in and out of love with gorgeous but deceitful Snowball, and finally finds real happiness with the disheveled but wise stray Gypsy. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Adrian

    Famous People Named Adrian

    Famous People Named Adrian - Adrian Belew, (musician); Adrian Grenier (actor); Adrian Peterson (football player); Pope Adrian I-VI (Popes)

  • Children of Famous People Named Adrian

    Children of Famous People Named Adrian

    Famous People who Named their Child Adrian - Edie Brickell (musician); Paul Simon (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Adrian - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Saint Adrian of Nicomedia (3rd Century) - St. Adrian was a Herculean Guard during a time of Christian persecution in the Roman Empire. It is said that while supervising the torture of some Christians, he asked them what reward they expected to receive from their God upon their death. The Christians faithfully quoted Corinthians to demonstrate their devotion at their moment of demise. So stunned by the courage of these people, Adrian publically confessed his own faith only to be immediately imprisoned (without the benefit of baptism). His wife Natalia remained by his side in prison and at his death, asking him to pray for her from Heaven so convinced was she by his sudden conversion. Apparently, she didn’t want to take any chances either! Oddly enough, St. Adrian is the patron saint of soldiers and (of all things) butchers. His Feast Day is September 8.

Personality of the Boy Name Adrian

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Adrian

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