I named my son Hadrian in 2009. I did think about how he would be treated knowing that most people, especially at that time had no idea this was an historical name. Also, I live in Indiana, not the most cultured place BUT the pluses outweighed the negatives. One, it was my favorite boy name as I picked it out 7 years before when reading about it and seeing a statue. People asked me if I made it up. The first few years of his life people would get it wrong, calling him Adrian and Hayden. BUT now he’s just Hadrian and more people know the name and don’t question. I was worried people thought I was pretentious because of the explanation of the name but I could care less... I’m not. Boy names are hard. I do like unique names but wasn’t going to name my son Jet-plane just to be different. I truly love the name and my 9 year old too and can’t wait to one day visit Hadrian’s wall and his name actually started his interest in history. Great name! Don’t regret it one bit!
AshNic13  5/18/2019
I once met a girl named Hadrian. I honestly don't know how to feel about that.
MarioDM02  3/15/2019
Prefer Adrian.
kayisforkeen  9/25/2018
Another namesake would be every single Op! Harry from Harry Potter fanfiction. They are always called Hadrian.
TimeTurner394  7/18/2018
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).
erb816  9/12/2016
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.
Avacarho  9/4/2016
The name Hadrian was given to thirty-four baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
hkols  11/2/2014
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.
MerraDelp  7/24/2012
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?"
Francesca  5/15/2011
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.
KrisMichelle  5/6/2012
Love this name for a boy! Such a strong name and very usable despite its rarity.
kookiemonster71  9/15/2009
In the movie "Little Nicki" with Adam Sandler, one of Satan's sons is named Hadrian.
LimeGreen  6/15/2006
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.
avalah  5/5/2006
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".
strangewierding  9/6/2005

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