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I have read that the name Adria / Hadria is likely derived from the Illyrian word adur, meaning "sea" (which is how the town lent its name to the Adriatic Sea).
My grandson, who was born in 2011, is named Hadrian after the 14th Roman Emperor, who was not well loved by the people he ruled over for 20 years in the 2nd Century A.D., but was ahead of his time when it came to improving the life of Rome's citizenry. Before becoming Emperor, he was in the Roman military, and as Emperor, he saw more of the Roman Empire than any other emperor. He was cultured and was devoted to the arts, religion, law and to civilization. My grandson, being Hadrian's namesake, knows he's named after a great emperor and isn't pompous or overbearing, and will learn where his name came from and be proud of it.
Www. Roman-empire. Net/highpoint/Hadrian-index. Html.
The name Hadrian was given to thirty-four baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
A welcome change from the popular name of Adrian. But I keep reading this name as Hadron. As in the Large Hadron Collider. I guess some folks would probably think that you're a science geek and named your child accordingly. Which is cool IMO! XD.
In the contemporary English-speaking world "Hadrian" is unusable. I am of the United States, and know for certain that it will be viewed as unprofessional, pompous, pretentious, childish, and "kre8tiv" (made-up!). Be aware of those facts before you write anything in stone. Ponder the issues of "Will the name chosen aid my child's future career?" "Will s/he be wrongly passed due to a name?" "Will s/he be subject to mocking?" "Will I be thanked later in life for the name given?"
I beg to differ with Francesca. I, too, am in the U.S., and Hadrian would not be seen as anything she listed. I suppose some could find it a tad pretentious, but that's it. It most certainly isn't "kre8ive." Learned people in the English-speaking world (and most others) should know of Hadrian's Wall along with the emperor for whom it was named.
Love this name for a boy! Such a strong name and very usable despite its rarity.
In the movie "Little Nicki" with Adam Sandler, one of Satan's sons is named Hadrian.
After a little bit of research (it was very little, actually) I discovered that Hadrian has a feminine form, Hadria. However, Hadria is a very rare first or surname, and is practically nonexistant, despite the charm it might hold.
This is supposed to be the origin of my own name (Adrien), and I was rather disappointed in the meaning. So I did some more research, sort of. Now this is entirely speculative and I am no etymologist. There was a town in ancient Israel known as "Edrei" which is mentioned in the Old Testament portion of the Bible (written in Hebrew). With the Jewish people every name has a meaning and the meaning of "Edrei" is "Strong". In the Greek translation of the Old Testament (the Septuagint) the name becomes "Hadrianus". Considering Greek was a strong parent of Latin it seems to me that a more accurate meaning would be "Strong".
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