Adrian

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240k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Adrian mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Adrian

"Adrian" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Person from Hadria (Northern Italy)". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective A"dri*an
Pertaining to the Adriatic Sea; as, Adrian billows.

Etymology: L. Hadrianus

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English physiologist who conducted research into the function of neurons; 1st baron of Cambridge (1889-1997)
  2. Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138)
Wiktionary

From Latin Hadrianus (“from the Roman harbor Hadria”) a place name ultimately from Etruscan 𐌇𐌀𐌕𐌓𐌉𐌀 (hatria). See Adria.

  1. A male given name.
  2. (rare) A female given name (compare Adriana, Adrianna, Adrienne).
  3. A surname​.
  4. A city in Georgia, USA.
  5. A city in Michigan.
  6. A city in Minnesota.
  7. A city in Missouri.
  8. A hamlet in New York.
  9. A city in Oregon.
  10. A city in Texas.
  11. A town in Wisconsin.

Adrian was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, German, Manx, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Adrian

Adrian Peterson is a football player. Adrian was born on March 21st, 1985 in Palestine, Texas.

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Adrian Grenier is an actor, producer, director, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1997. Adrian was born on July 10th, 1976 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Tricky is a trip hop musician. He was most active from 1985 to present. Tricky was given the name Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws on January 27th, 1968 in Bristol, England. Tricky is also known as Tricky Kid and Tricky Rock.

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Adrian Dunbar is an actor, screenwriter, and director. He has been prominent since 1984. Adrian was born on August 1st, 1958 in Northern Ireland.

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Adrian Belew is a progressive rock, industrial rock, experimental rock, and new wave music musician. He plays Guitar, Guitar synthesizer, Drum kit, Keyboard instrument, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Mustang, Parker Guitars, and Vocals. He was most active from 1977 to present. Adrian was given the name Robert Steven Belew on December 15th, 1949 in Covington, Kentucky, United States.

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Ade Edmondson is a black comedy, physical comedy, and musical theatre comedian. Ade was given the name Adrian Charles Edmondson on January 24th, 1957 in Bradford.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Adrian

Nathan was born on December 7th, 1988 in Bremerton, Washington.

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Adrián is a soccer player for the West Ham United F.C., Real Betis, Real Betis B, CD Alcalá, CD Utrera, and Andalusia autonomous football team. Adrián was born on January 3rd, 1987 in Seville, Spain. Adrián is also known as Adrián San Miguel del Castillo.

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Iris Adrian was an actress and dancer. She was most prominent from 1928 to 1980. Iris was given the name Iris Adrian Hostetter on May 29th, 1912 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She breathed her last breath on September 17th, 1994.

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Max was given the name Guy Thornton Bor on November 1st, 1903 in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland. Max is also known as Max Cavendish. He passed away on January 19th, 1973.

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The Lord Adrian was a President of the Royal Society and List of presidents of the Royal Society. The was born on November 30th, 1889 in Hampstead. He died on August 4th, 1977.

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Tamara Adrián is an Alternate Deputy of the, National Assembly of Venezuela, and National Assembly (Venezuela). Tamara was born on February 20th, 1954 in Caracas.

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How popular is the baby name Adrian in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 18 0 18
1881 12 0 12
1882 18 0 18
1883 14 0 14
1884 9 0 9
1885 12 0 12
1886 17 0 17
1887 13 0 13
1888 19 0 19
1889 16 0 16
1890 17 0 17
1891 16 0 16
1892 18 0 18
1893 13 0 13
1894 18 0 18
1895 18 0 18
1896 22 0 22
1897 27 0 27
1898 17 0 17
1899 30 0 30
1900 27 0 27
1901 29 0 29
1902 26 0 26
1903 23 0 23
1904 30 0 30
1905 33 0 33
1906 34 0 34
1907 31 0 31
1908 41 0 41
1909 38 0 38
1910 42 0 42
1911 62 7 55
1912 138 8 130
1913 164 9 155
1914 192 18 174
1915 242 11 231
1916 253 11 242
1917 287 14 273
1918 337 12 325
1919 295 21 274
1920 292 8 284
1921 295 12 283
1922 290 14 276
1923 347 8 339
1924 350 16 334
1925 284 17 267
1926 298 19 279
1927 235 14 221
1928 242 12 230
1929 242 14 228
1930 221 16 205
1931 233 19 214
1932 224 14 210
1933 210 15 195
1934 232 28 204
1935 234 23 211
1936 243 26 217
1937 248 24 224
1938 276 29 247
1939 270 22 248
1940 266 29 237
1941 295 35 260
1942 277 40 237
1943 258 36 222
1944 281 40 241
1945 273 42 231
1946 338 48 290
1947 379 76 303
1948 371 66 305
1949 415 101 314
1950 400 102 298
1951 452 96 356
1952 467 97 370
1953 491 87 404
1954 462 95 367
1955 520 90 430
1956 550 108 442
1957 568 103 465
1958 542 98 444
1959 592 109 483
1960 666 107 559
1961 741 112 629
1962 847 145 702
1963 773 121 652
1964 947 160 787
1965 888 116 772
1966 914 159 755
1967 1,046 231 815
1968 1,189 230 959
1969 1,244 200 1,044
1970 1,511 215 1,296
1971 1,736 230 1,506
1972 1,920 241 1,679
1973 1,813 199 1,614
1974 2,011 194 1,817
1975 2,167 212 1,955
1976 2,329 209 2,120
1977 2,534 274 2,260
1978 2,623 315 2,308
1979 2,711 348 2,363
1980 2,738 346 2,392
1981 2,785 317 2,468
1982 2,922 409 2,513
1983 3,023 479 2,544
1984 3,112 459 2,653
1985 3,519 388 3,131 #93 boy name
1986 3,248 305 2,943 #99 boy name
1987 3,201 355 2,846
1988 3,602 385 3,217
1989 3,722 304 3,418 #100 boy name
1990 4,375 376 3,999 #94 boy name
1991 4,249 329 3,920 #93 boy name
1992 4,165 307 3,858 #96 boy name
1993 4,077 325 3,752 #99 boy name
1994 4,054 241 3,813 #97 boy name
1995 4,139 229 3,910 #97 boy name
1996 4,323 215 4,108 #92 boy name
1997 4,344 230 4,114 #95 boy name
1998 5,675 246 5,429 #71 boy name
1999 5,242 176 5,066 #79 boy name
2000 5,550 212 5,338 #78 boy name
2001 5,613 189 5,424 #75 boy name
2002 5,876 196 5,680 #73 boy name
2003 6,281 171 6,110 #68 boy name
2004 6,306 170 6,136 #72 boy name
2005 6,887 169 6,718 #65 boy name
2006 7,559 179 7,380 #63 boy name
2007 7,913 181 7,732 #61 boy name
2008 8,087 162 7,925 #56 boy name
2009 7,790 159 7,631 #58 boy name
2010 7,565 163 7,402 #56 boy name
2011 7,492 164 7,328 #56 boy name
2012 7,068 131 6,937 #61 boy name
2013 6,966 126 6,840 #60 boy name
2014 6,789 105 6,684 #59 boy name
2015 6,596 83 6,513 #58 boy name
2016 6,410 107 6,303 #60 boy name

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Popularity of Adrian as a first name

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Popularity of Adrian as a last name

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Common last names for Adrian

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  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Gonzalez
  • Garcia
  • Rodriguez
  • Martinez
  • Anderson
  • Harris
  • Allen
  • Moore
  • Thompson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Adrian U.S.
  White 76.04% 64.26%
  African American 3.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 16.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Adrian

People with the last name Adrian are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Adrian

  • How Popular is the name Adrian? Adrian is the 312th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Adrian was the 60th most popular name. As a last name Adrian was the 6,201st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Adrian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 240,004 babies born with the first name Adrian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Adrian to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Adrian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 18 new born babies.
  • When was Adrian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Adrian is Monday, July 25th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Adrian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Adrian was in 2008 with a total of 7,925 babies. That's a lot of babies named Adrian!
  • Random Adrian Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Adrian ranks 54th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 81 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Adrian: Your name in reverse order is Nairda. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aiarnd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Adrian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,514 people with the last name Adrian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Adrian? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Adrian as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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