Dorian

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24k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
967
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dorian

"Dorian" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "From the Sea". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Do"ri*an
Senses
  1. Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks of Doris; Doric; as, a Dorian fashion.
  2. [Mus] Same as Doric, 3." Dorianmood." [Milton.]
noun Do"ri*an
A native or inhabitant of Doris in Greece.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris who entered Greece from the north about 1100 BC
  2. A member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
  3. Of or relating to the ancient Greek inhabitants of Doris, to their Doric dialect of Greek, or to their culture
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name, apparently first used by Oscar Wilde in his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891).
  2. a member of the Dorians

Notable Persons Named Dorian

Dorian Missick is an actor. He was most active from 1990 to present. Dorian was born on January 15th, 1976 in East Orange, New Jersey.

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Dorian Yates is a bodybuilder. Dorian was born on April 19th, 1962 in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England.

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Dorian Harewood is an actor. He was most prominent from 1975 to 1975. Dorian was given the name Wille Dorian Harewood on August 6th, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, U.S.

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Dorian Corey was a drag queen. Dorian was given the name Frederick Legg in 1937 in Buffalo, New York. He breathed his last breath on August 29th, 1993.

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Dorian Leigh was a model (people). Dorian was given the name Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker on April 23rd, 1917 in San Antonio. She breathed her last breath on July 7th, 2008.

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Dorian Gregory is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to 2008. Dorian was born on January 26th, 1971 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dorian

M.D. Jonathan Michael Dorian is a doctor of internal medicine at sacred heart hospital and internal medicine.

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Angela Dorian is a playboy playmate. Angela was born on September 26th, 1944 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Armand was born in Los Angeles.

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Tristan D is a trance music disc jockey and record producer. He plays Disc jockey. He has been prominent since 2006. Tristan was given the name Tristan Dorian on March 7th, 1988. Tristan is also known as Tristan D.

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Nancy C. Dorian is a scientist in the fields of linguistics, celtic studies, and anthropology.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 8 0 8
1919 15 7 8
1920 13 6 7
1921 15 6 9
1922 8 0 8
1923 5 0 5
1924 17 6 11
1925 10 5 5
1926 12 7 5
1928 7 7 0
1929 14 7 7
1931 8 0 8
1932 8 8 0
1933 10 0 10
1934 8 0 8
1935 12 5 7
1936 5 5 0
1937 12 5 7
1938 14 5 9
1939 18 7 11
1940 16 6 10
1941 19 5 14
1942 10 0 10
1943 8 0 8
1944 15 5 10
1945 49 17 32
1946 76 15 61
1947 86 30 56
1948 85 36 49
1949 93 35 58
1950 79 37 42
1951 79 35 44
1952 71 36 35
1953 117 55 62
1954 106 50 56
1955 119 51 68
1956 96 42 54
1957 129 63 66
1958 114 62 52
1959 133 80 53
1960 144 88 56
1961 126 61 65
1962 154 85 69
1963 122 54 68
1964 117 50 67
1965 93 35 58
1966 118 31 87
1967 111 25 86
1968 126 34 92
1969 171 35 136
1970 189 43 146
1971 227 40 187
1972 242 36 206
1973 392 99 293
1974 339 110 229
1975 292 69 223
1976 274 69 205
1977 307 83 224
1978 269 89 180
1979 298 79 219
1980 259 94 165
1981 244 79 165
1982 323 103 220
1983 341 125 216
1984 310 108 202
1985 299 75 224
1986 270 83 187
1987 348 97 251
1988 365 74 291
1989 397 63 334
1990 419 62 357
1991 437 72 365
1992 455 85 370
1993 455 93 362
1994 462 92 370
1995 499 91 408
1996 478 83 395
1997 473 81 392
1998 524 103 421
1999 517 97 420
2000 703 64 639
2001 677 75 602
2002 650 64 586
2003 620 60 560
2004 660 66 594
2005 669 47 622
2006 622 44 578
2007 585 43 542
2008 684 43 641
2009 554 30 524
2010 544 30 514
2011 509 21 488
2012 485 22 463
2013 509 25 484
2014 533 18 515
2015 530 23 507
2016 554 23 531

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Popularity of Dorian as a first name

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Popularity of Dorian as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dorian U.S.
  White 86.45% 64.26%
  African American 5.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dorian

People with the last name Dorian are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dorian

  • How Popular is the name Dorian? Dorian is the 1,531st most popular name of all time. As a last name Dorian was the 25,535th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dorian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 23,793 babies born with the first name Dorian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dorian to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dorian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Dorian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dorian is Thursday, November 23rd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Dorian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dorian was in 2008 with a total of 641 babies.
  • Random Dorian Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dorian is not a popular baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 11 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Dorian: Your name in reverse order is Nairod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oridna. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dorian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 967 people with the last name Dorian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dorian? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dorian as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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