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Very handsome name, just like other -Ian names (Fabian, Sebastian, Julian, Killian etc) but this one stands out!
nylonpanda  10/8/2019
2
I'm simply in LOVE with Adrian!
wh0sbad  10/1/2019
-1
I actually kinda consider this a unisex name. Weirdly, the only Adrian I met was a girl, and she was very nice. I may give my son or possibly daughter this name as a middle name.
PickleJuice  8/15/2019
1
Wonderful, strong, timeless name. Makes me think of a medieval warrior for some reason, but I like it just as much as a modern name.
justpeachy  8/5/2019
1
First thing that comes to mind when I hear the name "Adrien"? That name is HOT.
Fishtail_Braidy  7/26/2019
1
Add Usage: Czech, Finnish

Pronounced: AYD-ree-ən (English), a-dree-AN (Romanian), A-tryan (Polish, German), A-dri-an (Swedish, Norwegian, Czech), AH-dree-ahn (Finnish), u-dryee-AN (Russian)
RHAWK3935  7/17/2019
1
Also Occitan: https://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/Adrian#Occitan (Source: Joan de Cantalausa, Diccionari General Occitan a partir dels parlars lengadocians, 2002 )
Frollein Gladys  6/25/2019
2
Adrian Toomes is the real name of the Spider-Man villain The Vulture.
Whipsmart  6/24/2019
0
It looks like the French name Adrien.
Napaurelie  5/26/2019
1
Adrian Andrews in the video game Ace Attorney. She is a woman.
kayisforkeen  5/9/2019
1
Actually my name is spelled Aadrian. So would this count as separate?
Ajb.2888  5/8/2019
6
I love this name! It's a very strong and masculine BOY NAME. Poor girls named Adrian.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2019
0
Adrian isn’t just a boy’s name. It sounds feminine and it should be used for girls too. I’m happy to see that this name is labeled unisex because it really does suit boys and girls. It sounds noble for a boy and pretty for a girl. It’s slightly more for a boy in my book, but it’s a girl’s name too! Adrian can be used for either gender, but Adriana and Adrienne are strictly for girls.
xxCreative_Mindxx  4/7/2019
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This can be a female's name too.
BookFairy  3/25/2019
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I love this name! It’s a beautiful boy's name that should be used for both boys and girls since it sounds a little feminine to me. I also love the feminine forms Adrienne and Adriana for a girl but I don’t see why the masculine form is so bad on a girl. It’s not far too feminine for a boy either. I like this as a unisex name and unisex names can still have feminine counterparts like Jordan and Jordana, Kyle and Kyla, and Ryan and Ryana.
― Anonymous User  11/17/2018
1
MIRACULOUS SIMPLY THE BEST UP TO THE TEST WHEN THINGS GO WRONG. From the Miraculous Ladybug theme song.

Adrian Agreste.
Chat noiress  10/18/2018
4
It's actually spelt Adrien, not Adrian in the show.
kayisforkeen  10/24/2018
4
In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Adrian who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 322nd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.

In 2018, 27 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Adrian who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 721st most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
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Overused, overused blegh!
Curious me  9/6/2018
9
The most handsome name ever.
kayisforkeen  8/22/2018
4
Adrian sounds like a nice name, I knew a quiet but nice Hispanic guy with the name and a really d-bag person with the name too. It sounds like a guy with curly black hair, green eyes and tan skin, and it’s a cool name too. I don’t like it on a girl, don’t know any girl ones though and I’ve met a few Adrianas younger than me so Adriana seems to be more popular, which I’m glad about.
DanielRivera  5/11/2018
6
A very handsome name.
Kitandkat  3/27/2018
0
Adrian is okay. I also like Hadrian, maybe even more. Adrian sounds like the name of someone with brown hair, and green eyes.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2017
1
Adrian Pasdar is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways and as Nathan Petrelli on Heroes. Additionally, he directed the feature film Cement. Pasdar is the voice of Iron Man in Marvel Anime, as well as in the animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble. He also played Alec Rybak, district attorney on The Lying Game.
cutenose  7/3/2017
1
Adrian Tomine is a popular contemporary cartoonist, is best known for his ongoing comic book series Optic Nerve and his illustrations in The New Yorker.

Tomine is fourth-generation Japanese American, and both of his parents spent part of their childhoods in Japanese internment camps in the U.S. during World War II. He also has a brother, Dylan, who is eight years his senior.
lilolaf  3/8/2017
1
Adrian Lulgjuraj is an Albanian singer from Montenegro. Together with Bledar Sejko, he represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö with the song "Identitet". The song failed to qualify for the final.
cutenose  1/8/2017
0
Bulgarian usage.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/28/2016
3
Adrian is my name, I feel comfortable when one calls me and even the way it sounds out of everyone around. It's not common in Uganda but its nickname Ian is too common. I make sure that the name Adrian is on all my art works and am happy for all that it means. For real, I like my my name.
adrian elly  10/13/2016
3
Adrian was originally Ancient Latin for dark but it didn't mean it as a shade or absence of light. It meant it as attractive physical features. This association comes from the ancient Roman emperor Hadrian who was regarded as a good ruler and humanist. He rebuilt the Pantheon and constructed Hadrian's Wall and The Temple of Venus & Rome.
This meaning is why many popes chose this name.
saxe2600  9/15/2016
2
ROMANIAN VARIANTS OF "ADRIAN"

"Adi" = shortened form of "Adrian" [noted -ed]
"Adiță" = diminutive form of "Adrian"
aditatubrasov  7/28/2016
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The name Adrian was given to 83 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
1
I know that this is an uncommon usage but in Capcom's game, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Adrian Andrews is actually the name of a female character rather than a male one.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2016
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Definitely more of a soft, quiet masculine name than a hard, in-your-face masculine name. I feel like only a certain type of guy can pull off "Adrian;" a calm, serene guy who prefers reading and arts over sports. I don't see why it couldn't be used on a girl, but as I said before, I find it to be a male name, and prefer the feminine "Adrienne" for a girl.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
5
I like this name and if you like\love it as well and are considering using it for your little guy, some combos I have paired with it that you are more than welcome to take a look at are:

Adrian Alexander
Adrian Dallas
Adrian Jeremiah
Adrian Miles
Adrian Spencer
Adrian Alexavier
Adrian Blake
Adrian Brody
Adrian Chase
Adrian Cole
Adrian Cody
Adrian Connor
Adrian Corey
Adrian Hunter
Adrian Isaac
Adrian Kyle
Adrian Leo
Adrian Parker
Adrian Ross
Adrian Sawyer
Adrian Sebastian
Adrian Dakota
Thomas Adrian
Lucas Adrian
Lyric Adrian
Theodore Adrian
Jared Adrian
Miles Adrian.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2016
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This is my name and I am female, but my parents spelled it Adriane. My mother told me it was the German spelling but I think she was off on that. I didn't like the name growing up, especially when some people pronounced it Adri-ANNE with a very short sounding American "a" sound. Now I don't mind it but I prefer the European or British/Caribbean sounding pronunciation. It sounds much prettier.
― Anonymous User  3/17/2016
6
So much better than 'aiden\aidan\ayden\aden' by like a gazillion miles

Adrian all the way!
― Anonymous User  6/11/2015
2
My name is Adrian and I am a female. I don't hate the name, I just wish my parents would have spelled it Adrienne. Before people meet me they always assume I'm a male and it's honestly extremely annoying. If you are considering this name for your daughter, please do her a favor and spell it more femininely. Honestly, as long as it's not spelled Adrian or Adrien she should be fine.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2015
1
I had a baby in September and my husband and I were going to go with the name Adrian if we had a boy. We had a girl. The same week my daughter was born, the child abuse scandal involving Adrian Peterson from the Minnesota Vikings broke, and now I'm so glad we didn't have a boy, because we're Minnesotans and naming a son Adrian the same week the most famous Adrian in the state was exposed as a child abuser would have been awkward. I still really like the name, but I'm trying to figure out if Adrian Peterson has ruined it for me or not.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2014
6
Absolutely LOVE this name for a boy. (: so masculine, mature, simple, handsome! Much better than 'Aidan' which I can't help but to picture a blonde, bratty, ADHD brat.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2014
1
Adrian Ivashkov is a main character in the Vampire Academy book series by Richelle Mead and a main character in the spinoff, Bloodlines.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2014
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I don't know why everyone hates this name for a girl. Not all girls are pink loving feminine princesses. One of my teachers is named Adrian, she is really tough no nonsense kind of person. (Kind of scary too.) But, yeah, love the name!
BehindTheNameFan  11/13/2013
5
Adrian is a handsome name, and I don't understand why people name their daughters Adrian or Adrienne, the name doesn't sound very feminine to me. Despite its popularity, I have yet to meet an Adrian but I wouldn't mind it if I did :) there is also the actor Adrien Brody, but I prefer the original spelling over his.
Oohvintage  5/27/2013
2
One of my friends had a neighbor who used this as a middle name. But I guess his parents wanted him to be more unique than other Adrians. He was Addrian. Looked more like "Add-Ree-Ann".
EstherTester  4/20/2013
6
Adrian is also a rather common name in Norway (among the 100 most used male first names).
It was the 7th most popular name for boys born in Norway in 2005. [noted -ed]
Silje  3/15/2012
5
Adrian is a very masculine name in my opinion. I would not like to be a girl with the name Adrian. It is a short name but is not easy to say, which gives it a heavier quality than a name like Julian. This is a very popular name in Latin America for boys, it ranks in top 10 names for boys in Spain. I like the nickname Ian. Adrian gives impression of a dark haired young man, who is intelligent, sophisticated, introspective, mysterious, handsome.
wondertwin  3/9/2012
5
I've always felt this was the most elegant male name, but I don't see anything girly about it. It's lovely.
XIknife  1/27/2012
2
Adrian Grenier (an American actor)
Adrian Peterson (an American football player)
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
2
I never used to like this name; I grouped it with Aiden (a name I detest) because of the beginning and end. But I now know that it's related to Hadrian, who was an awesome historical figure. Ever since I learned that, I like it more and more.
SamBelden  10/28/2011
3
This is my name. I love how it means 'dark and rich' and how mysterious it could sound. It's simple, classic, yet unique. I'm proud to have it. :D
Humurus  7/18/2011
1
My name is Adrian so these comments are nice. Anyways I've heard Adrian being used a lot in Puerto Rico (when I went there... it was kind of weird).
mynameisawesome  6/30/2011
2
British-born director Adrian Lyne is a famous bearer. Some of the famous movies he directed would be Flashdance and Fatal Attraction.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2011
8
I LOVE this name on a boy, but I really wish people wouldn't give it to their daughters. It seems like all of the good boys names somehow get converted to girls names.
black_cat  3/7/2011
5
Cool. I once met a kid named Adrian, and he was just the sweetest little thing. But I have noticed that some people are starting to give this name to their daughters, which makes me worry that it'll become part of the annoying hey-let's-give-our-daughter-a-guy's-name trend.
Black_X  12/30/2010
4
This is a good name for a boy! I like it and it reminds me of a quiet nice boy who likes to read...
adrenalinekat  12/28/2010
0
I love this name, and all the variants of it. Adriana, Adrienne . . . It's so pretty!
Dawson  11/13/2010
2
Adrian is such a strong and handsome name, it also ages well. I absolutely adore it. If I ever marry an Italian or Spanish guy, this name will make an appearance most definitely.
Chrila96  10/30/2010
1
Pretty sure Adrian is also a Dutch name.
Lexxy  7/29/2010
1
Adrian Ivashkov a character off the book series 'Vampire Academy' by Richelle Mead.
dancingintherain  7/12/2010
1
"Adrian" is the name of song by Jewel on her 'pieces of you' album. The song is about a little boy, Adrian, who has an accident, and stays in a coma for years and indefinitely. (this name always makes me sad).
JW41926  5/4/2010
1
Adrian Veidt, also known as Ozymandias, is a character in Watchmen by Alan Moore.
FMRadio  9/30/2009
1
Adrian is a (girl) character on the show The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She's portrayed as the more promiscuous teenager.
plutogirlgenius  9/7/2009
2
This name is also Greek.
deatheater1408  7/6/2009
1
In the movie "Rosemary's Baby", starring Mia Farrow and written and directed by Roman Polanski, Farrow's character, Rosemary, gives birth to the "child of Satan", and he is named Adrian.
darkblue  6/27/2009
2
There's also Adrian Smith, guitarist from Iron Maiden.
sameraneo  6/8/2009
5
Great manly name, it's so handsome and distinguished sounding, it's very fresh yet classic.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2009
4
Oh, this'll sound so silly, but I'm really in love with this name. It just has that dark and mysterious feel to it, y'know? Like other people mentioned. I love it!
CanadianChibi  4/23/2009
1
Saint Adrian or Hadrian of Nicomedia was a Herculian Guard of the Roman Emperor Galerius Maximian. After becoming a convert to Christianity with his wife Natalia (NATALIE, NATALIE), Adrian was martyred at Nicomedia on March 4, 306.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2009
2
I was really surprised when I met a GIRL with this name. I prefer this on a boy. It just doesn't sound that feminine to me. For a girl, I would use Adrienne.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2009
6
When I hear this name, I picture a handsome/mysterious and sophisticated type of guy. Mainly since I actually have met two Adrians in my lifetime and they both fit this description! I think the name is beautiful.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2008
4
I love the name Adrian, I also like the Spanish pronunciation Ah-dri-ann, either way it's a beautiful name for a boy/man.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2008
1
Third-baseman for the Seattle Mariners baseball team Adrian Beltre bears this name.
BoiCrazii  8/10/2008
1
There is an Adrian, Michigan, which is home to Adrian College.
FMRadio  6/1/2008
1
Adrian Edmondson is a famous British comedian, actor, director and writer. It's also my name coincidentally.
Ade  4/9/2008
1
Adrian Pucey is a character in 'Harry Potter'.
Laerke  3/29/2008
4
I love this name. I think it is a very strong name. It is very masculine, and it is unique.
kittykat8990912516  3/18/2008
2
Hadrianus was a 2nd century Roman Emporer who reigned during the height of the Pax Romana. He is also known for building Hadrian's Wall, which runs the width of northern England.
jeremyengel  10/30/2007
-5
I think this sounds like a girl's name. Like "Adrienne" or something. It is not boyish at all.
― Anonymous User  8/16/2007
7
Wow, love this name so much. It somehow conveys dark masculinity, yes, but also a lighter innocence and handsomeness. Hmm I don't know why but I really like this name!
hannahbanana32  8/12/2007
1
Also a masuline name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
1
Actor Adrian Brody bears this name.
LMS  7/2/2007
1
Adrian Pasdar plays Nathan Petrelli off the show Heroes.
nothingshortoftragic  5/2/2007
3
At first, I thought this name was kinda effeminate - but the more I say it, the more I like it. Now I'm starting to associate this name with a cute, brown-haired guy with an adorably irresistible smile.
Georgia_kh  4/24/2007
3
Adrian means "dark" in Latin.
aedrin  4/9/2007
1
A famous bearer would be Loch Ness searcher, Adrian Shine.
spaz123  4/3/2007
2
I love this name! I think it's very pretty. A nice nickname would be Ade.
haymanisland  3/11/2007
1
In Thomas Mann's "Doctor Faustus", the protagonist, Adrian Leverkühn, sells his soul to the devil for twenty-four years of extreme musical productivity.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2007
1
It's the name of the youngest of the Dilley Sextuplets.
gym4god  2/4/2007
1
A famous bearer is actor Adrian Grenier of the show Entourage.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2007
1
I love the way it sounds in Polish and Romanian (that's the same). In English it has a bit of feminine sound, almost like Adrien, as a girl name.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2007
1
Adrian is Rocky Balboa's girlfriend, spelt this way. But I think this is a boys name, and her name should be spelled Adrienne!
― Anonymous User  12/4/2006
4
I think this is a nice name. I hardly hear Adrian being used a whole lot. Kind of mysterious and handsome sounding.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2006
1
Listen to the German pronunciation of Adrian here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  10/24/2006
-2
Don't really like this name - it's slightly bland and hard to say but it is uncommon and it reminds me of aquamarine water (Adriatic Sea-get it?) I know someone with this name so that kind of puts me off it as well!
emeraldstar  6/28/2006
3
Connotation for the name Adrian means "dark, rich".
― Anonymous User  4/10/2006
4
This is my favorite male name, and if I ever have a son his name will be Adrian. I think it connotes a sort of dark masculinity that you don't find in more popular male names, and while it is uncommon it's not way out there either.
Syntax_Minx  3/30/2006
3
I actually find the name Adrian really cute and that suprises me because it really isn't my style.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2006
2
British actor Adrian Paul who starred in the television series "Highlander" also bears this name.
Missy  3/11/2006
2
Adrian Monk. The obsessive-compulsive titular character of the TV show "Monk".
HarpieSiren  3/6/2006
1
Adrian Zmed is an actor known for his portrayal of Vince Romano on the '80's T.V. show "T.J. Hooker."
breakofday  1/2/2006
1
Adrian Mole is the character created by Sue Townsend, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ is the first book in the Adrian Mole series.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2005
2
Adrian Cronauer is the American radio DJ who inspired the film Good Morning Vietnam starring Robin Williams as Adrian.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
1
The Random House College Dictionary (with a section of English-given names in the back) says that "Adrian" means "of the Adriatic Sea."
Jordania  7/27/2005

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