|Actor Adrian Grenier from 'Entourage'|
Adrian was first popular in Britain in the 1950's, but these days is popular in many countries. In fact, www.babynamewizard.com reports that Adrian is currently a top 100 name in Spain, Norway, Germany, Austria, Hungary, USA and Sweden. This means that Adrian would likely travel well and be easily recognised in many countries, if you are a parent who has to move to various countries and are looking for a name that would work well in many cultures.
Famous Adrian's are plentiful, and include:
- several saints
- six popes, including the only English pope (Adrian IV) and the only Dutch pope (Adrian VI)
- Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, an English conductor
- multiple American actors, such as Adrien Brody, and Adrian Grenier (pictured above)
- several football players
- Olympic athletes in athletics, baseball and table tennis
If you also like Adrian, but want a slightly less common variation for your son, great alternatives include Adrien, Hadrian or Adriano. Adrienne, Adrianna and Adria (my personal favourite!) are also good female alternatives, with the double benefits of being feminine but strong sounding names.
Happy Father's Day everyone!