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(Wo)man from Hadria (Adriatic Sea)
Characteristics of Adriana
Etymology & Historical Origin - Adriana
Adriana is a feminine given name derived from Adrian which dates back to Antiquity. Adrian comes from the Latin word “hadrianus” meaning ‘man from Hadria’, an ancient city in northern Italy on the Adriatic Sea. The name was most notably borne by the 2nd century Roman Emperor, Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus). Hadrian is best known for erecting Hadrian’s Wall in England, then the most northern point of the ever-expanding empire. The intent was to protect the new Roman provinces 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 has been around since the Middle Ages and beyond. The female version of the name, Adriana, comes more from the French Adrienne than the English, however.
Popularity of the Name Adriana
The name Adriana debuts on the American popularity charts for the first time in 1960. From that point forward, Adriana has demonstrated pretty steady growth. There have been no significant jumps on the charts one way or the other, and yet it seems to maintain this upward escalation in usage. The name has yet to reach the Top 100 list of most-favored girls’ names but seems to be lingering right around there. Adriana is one of the few four-syllable names that don’t take forever to spell. And while it doesn’t sound as French or sophisticated as Adrienne, it fits the trend of “ana” type names that American parents are attracted to right now. The name’s popularity is also fueled by the growing Hispanic population in the U.S. It’s a pretty, feminine choice for a girl’s name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Adriana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Adriana
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Adriana
Adriana (The Comedy of Errors) Adriana is a character in William Shakespeare’s 1594 play, The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of separated twins are at the center of this comedy, masters and servants, one set from Syracuse, one from Ephesus, each set bearing the same names. The (un)lucky Adriana is wife to the Ephesian master, Antipholus. Naturally, she sees and misinterprets actions on the part of the Syracusean Antipholus, and believes her husband is being unfaithful to her, and this drives her to distraction. Adriana’s take on things is that her husband may be a bounder, but he’s her bounder. She subscribes very much to the idea that the man is lord and master of the woman, and if he strays, it most likely is the woman’s fault. Eithershe is not attractive enough, or she nags too much – whatever it may be, it’s her fault. This isn’t very appealing to a post modern audience, and we do welcome her sister, Luciana’s, protests on behalf of a more egalitarian view of marriage. Nonetheless, Adriana is who she is, adamantly so, and she never really betrays her own soul. At play’s end, all the “errors” are uncovered and all is well again – especially Adriana.
Popular Songs on Adriana
Pretty Little Adriana - a song by Vince Gill
Children's Books on the Baby Name Adriana
Dr. Adriana Earthlight (Zindelbonn) - Adriana addresses everyone else's problems while constantly avoiding her own. She counsels her best friend Carolyn on ways to improve her self-image and romantic relationship; she tries to teach Jane how to focus on one boy; and she helps Lauren cope with her upcoming relocation, the eighth in seven years. School always plays second to Adriana's "cases," but when she meets Nick, he becomes the center of her attention. For the first time she is forced to deal with her own emotions, but she is terrified to admit their intensity. She copes by treating Nick as another "case," but that infuriates him and she almost loses him. Adriana is a fascinating protagonist, and the complexity of her character is powerfully conveyed through natural-sounding dialogue and fluid narration. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Adriana
Famous People Named Adriana - Adriana Barraza (actress/director); Adriana Karembeu (model); Adriana Lima (model)
Children of Famous People Named Adriana
Famous People who Named their Daughter Adriana - Fred Durst (musician)
Adriana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Adriana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Adriana.
Personality of the Girl Name Adriana
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Adriana