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This is a Greek name by origin. The Dorians were a nomadic tribe that sacked Athens and later settled in Sparta. The name means something along the lines of "from the sea". It is also the name of a musical mode that is rooted in Greek music. It is a Greek name not an English one.
dorian06  10/31/2005
It IS English, because while it's origins are Greek, it's not a real Greek name. Oscar Wilde created it, deriving it from a Greek word, so it's an English coinage.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2007
I love this name. And Oscar Wilde. Heheheh. Seriously though, I would name my kid that, if I ever had a kid. But I'll settle for naming a character in a story - it's almost as good I guess.
whackedtollie  11/24/2005
My research found this name to be from the tribe the Dorians, who existed around the time of the Ionians, which means from the sea. The name means "Golden" or of Gold in Greek. The Dorians where a warring Greek tribe that conquered a region that spanned as far west as France from modern day Greece.
shinerbok  12/6/2005
I found on another site that Dorian wasn't entered, but a similar name - Doran, I believe - was, and it meant "stranger". I think that's something close to what this means - another similar name means "wanderer". The name is very close personally to Oscar Wilde, who invented it, and I think it is meant to mean that. Dorian is a very ambiguous character in the book. His last name, "Gray", suggests as much also.
nouvellehelene  12/19/2005
It can also be a female name, like Dorian Leigh, the world's first supermodel.
frangg23  12/21/2005
Dorian is a nice sounding name for a boy. I saw it listed as a Greek name meaning from the sea.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2006
This is one of my favorites for a boy, although a girlfriend of mine is named Dorian.
podolski_fan2  10/11/2006
This is such a nice name. Wow. I love the sound of it. I don't know what it is with me and boy's names that end in "-ian". But I always like them.
Jasmine  2/25/2007
Dorian is a wonderful name in my opinion. It is rich in Ancient history. It also has a wonderful sound to it as well. This is a favorite of mine.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  4/24/2007
I believe this name is Greek meaning "A Gift".
― Anonymous User  6/27/2007
I think the name Doris is related to this name, but I haven't done any research on it.
bibi66  7/17/2007
This name is too soft for a boy. This reminds me of a boy who would be puny and sickly. However, I think it's very pretty for a girl.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2007
I knew a girl named Dorian. I think it works for both genders.
sqirrlie  8/16/2007
Wow, this is a real name? I think I named an elf this once, heh. Nice but not really my style.
CkLmJ_CrAzY  8/25/2007
Whenever I hear the name Dorian, I think of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's novel. I loathe the character Dorian Gray with a passion. He is a shallow, narcisist, murderer. I would have no greater pleasure than in throwing him from a tall building into a lake filled with starving pirana. This name has been ruined for me. Thank you, Oscar Wilde!
sharonrenee  9/25/2007
I like this name. Despite the character it represents in the Oscar Wilde novel it makes me think of someone caring and strong.
Katja Eidis  12/12/2007
Dorian is also the name of a musical mode.
Nisha  2/26/2008
Dr. John "J. D." Dorian, the main character on the TV show "Scrubs".
FMRadio  3/19/2008
Frankly, I don't find this name particularly masculine. Not only masculine names end in -an, after all. The names Lilian and Vivian are feminine, and I think Morgan also sounds more like a feminine than as masculine name nowadays. Dora, Doris, Dorcas, Doreen, and the likes are feminine, so the beginning sounds feminine, and the ''ria'' certainly does too. However, I do prefer Doria for a girl, hands down. I'd never use the name because of the Oscar Wilde association. I haven't read a single play by the man, and don't want ot either, as I dislike him with a passion.
slight night shiver  5/21/2008
Dorian sounds like a gay name. A child named Dorian would be teased.
yohevid  8/12/2008
It's a variant of Doran. The variation apparently arose in the County Donegal area of Ireland. There's records of people having the name long before Oscar Wilde's novel, though, most of them have it as a surname, not as a personal name.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2008
Also, because both names (Dorian and Doran) are Irish, it's almost certain that Oscar Wilde had encountered people with the name/surname "Dorian", seeing as he, himself, was Irish. There's a chance he was the first person to use Dorian as a personal name, but he did not make it up, and it is not Greek. You can read the meaning behind "Doran" on this very site.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2008
Dorian to me sounds mysterious and intriguing. But I would not name a girl Dorian. It's clearly a man's name. Dorianne is a girl's name.
Gothiclovesick  5/3/2009
Dorian means "gift from the sea".
AlohaKeori  10/4/2009
I cannot imagine this on a girl, but I still imagine Dorian as a girly man.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2010
As much as I love this name, I have to wonder how many people who give their child this name have actually read Wilde's novel. I'll save it for a character in a book.
black_cat  3/19/2011
American rower Dorian Weber (born 1982 in Manhasset, New York).
― Anonymous User  8/12/2012
Dorian Red Gloria is the main character's real name in Yasuko Aoike's manga "From Eroica with Love".
nenmo  10/2/2012
This name is also used in The Netherlands, where it is quite rare: in 2010, there were a little under 200 bearers in the whole country. The Dutch pronunciation is: DO-ree-ahn.

A known Dutch bearer of this name is professional windsurfer Dorian van Rijsselberghe (b. 1988), who won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Lucille  2/4/2013
It sounds nice at first, but one must realize that Dorian Gray was a jerk who committed plenty of evil acts and tried to get away with it just because he was attractive. It's not really a good name for your son. Sorry.
Buneary  6/6/2013
Dorian is a rugged, handsome male name. I can hardly picture it on someone of the opposing gender. It has this old charm about it that I just can't put my finger on. Maybe that is why it appeals to me so much. Definitely going in the favorites.
MusicBelle  1/30/2014
Dorian is not pronounced DAWR-ian as shown in your key. Shouldn't it be DOR-ian? The O is long, not short. DORE-ee-uhn, not DAWR-ee-uhn.
aerynna  5/6/2014
Thanks for the history of my name. I would have never known. I am familiar with Dorian gray (not like him) and the musical aspect of it but not the origin of it.
dorian2771  1/11/2015
Dorian Pavus is a main character in the video game "Dragon Age: Inquisition" (2014).
erb816  4/7/2015
It was interesting to see peoples comments on my name. I am a girl named Dorian. And I have only met one other Dorian, and he was a guy. Most of the ones I heard from characters in TV, movies and books are all guys named Dorian...

I have yet to meet another girl named Dorian.
thedorian77  8/30/2015
I love my name. I'm a female though, so I'm not sure on how I'd feel if it were my name as a male, but I am a lover of Oscar Wilde and "The portrait of Dorian Gray", and my thoughts on Dorian Gray's character are not of "girly sissy" nature... I see him as attractive and intelligent as well as mercurial in nature, as well as super mysterious, so I see the name as a good fit for a strong willed and good looking boy/man...
Dorian1983  9/22/2015
Dorian Havilliard is the prince of Adarlan in the Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J Maas.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2015
I kind of like all the hate over the name Dorian. My son is named Dorian. His father and I put a lot of thought into his name. His first name is from the story of Dorian Gray and yes we have read it. Proudly, my son does live up to the name in his beauty. He is also very mischievous :)
DoriANsmom  12/9/2015
This definitely sounds like a girls' name to me. There's no reason that it can't be a female name- it has the Dory, which is feminine, and it ends just like Vivian or Carolyn or Jillian.
― Anonymous User  3/9/2016
Dorian, formal, english, can grow up with this name.
cziehl  4/5/2016
I am a female Dorian. My parents took 7 days to name me... they had 9 months to ponder this but needed more time I guess. They wanted to give me an unusual name. The SS Andrea Doria sank the year I was conceived and this disaster was still fresh in their minds. They did not like "Doria" but were intrigued with something similar. Doreen, Doria, Dora, Dory--ALL were not acceptable. They knew about Oscar Wilde's character and despite it being male decided upon "Dorian". I was never called by any nickname until I was in my mid 20's and allowed my husband to call me "Dori"- The church organist used to call me "Miss Ionian"-the reference to the mode of music. I always knew of the name meaning "Golden" from the Greek tribe. I like the interpretation of "from the sea" since I am indeed from a peninsula-bay on one side-ocean on the other!
Dorian1957  4/28/2016
Is there evidence that Wilde took this name from the Greek? Because it seems more likely that he took it from the Irish Doran. He was Irish, Dorian is a known variant of the surname Doran, and the meaning fits the character well. [noted -ed]
earthnut  5/14/2016
Dorian is also an unrelated French name, from D'Orion, a surname meaning a person from Orion. There seems to be 3 separate names here.
earthnut  5/14/2016
My oldest son's name is Dorian. He likes his name, and likes that he doesn't know anyone else with his name. He is a strong leader amongst his friends and peers at school and is a strong stocky boy.
Juliez84  6/13/2016
The Dorian mode (a scale which is basically all the white notes beginning on D) in music is the only scale whose inversion is the exact same; like a mirror image. The natural symmetry within the Dorian mode may have been used by Oscar Wilde to foreshadow the reflections between the Picture and Dorian, and also the mirror he puts beside the Picture. I was very excited when I saw this link!
Lordcardinal  7/18/2016
Also could be spelled as Dorien, but I highly recommend the Dorian spelling. {:
― Anonymous User  8/7/2016

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