Adrian: baby boy name meaning and popularity


Derived from the Latin name Hadrianus, literal meaning “of the Adriatic,” Adrian fell out of favor because it sounds similar to the feminine Adrienne. These days, though, gender-nonconforming names are all the rage, so people are once again seeing it for the strong name it is. If you want to switch things up, you can go back to its roots and use Hadrianus … but you might want to shorten it to Hadrian, because no name should end with “anus.” Just saying.


Ade. And then you can call him “Kool Ade.”

Famous people named Adrian:

Pope Adrian I; actors Adrian Grenier, Adrian Pasdar, Adrian Brody, and Adrian Zmed.

Fun fact:

Six popes have been named Adrian.

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