Adrian is a form of the Latin given name Adrianus or Hadrianus. Its ultimate origin is most likely via the former river Adria from the Venetic and Illyrian word adur, meaning “sea” or “water”.
Adrian is a form of the Latin unqualified name Adrianus or Hadrianus. Its ultimate parentage is maybe via the former river Adria from the Venetic and Illyrian word adur, meaning “sea” or “water”.
The Adria was until the 8th century BC the main channel of the Po River into the Adriatic Sea but ceased to exist previously the 1st century BC. Hecataeus of Miletus (c.550 – c.476 BC) asserted that both the Etruscan port city of Adria and the Adriatic Sea had been named after it. Emperor Hadrian’s intimates was named after the city or region of Adria/Hadria, now Atri, in Picenum, which maybe started as an Etruscan or Greek colony of the older port city of the similar name.
Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the solitary English pope, Adrian IV, and the lonely Dutch pope, Adrian VI. As an English name, it has been in use previously the Middle Ages, although it did not become common until broadminded times.