a masculine name: fem. Adrienne
Origin of AdrianClassical Latin Adrianus, Hadrianus from Adria, Hadria, name of two Italian cities
- (born Nicholas Breakspear) 1100?-59; pope (1154-59): the only Eng. pope
- 1st Baron Adrian of Cambridge 1889-1977; Eng. neurophysiologist
Made famous by the Roman emperor Hadrian and early saints. Rare as a given name among English-speakers until the second half of the 20th century.
(comparative more Adrian, superlative most Adrian)
- Relating to the Adriatic Sea.
- Adrian billows
OriginSee also: Adrián