Meaning: From the Adriatic Sea; black
Alternate spellings: Adria, Adrian, Adrianna, Adrienne, Adrianne
Adriana is the new Adrienne. Okay, it’s not that new…Adriana has been in the U.S. top 1,000 since the 1960s. But while Adrienne, a favorite since the early 1900s, has been slipping in popularity over the last two decades, Adriana is more popular than ever, peaking in 2004 at #119, and alternative Adrianna isn’t far behind.
Both names are female versions of the boy’s name Adrian, meaning “from the Adriatic Sea” and “black.” And like older brother Adrian – once the name of a great Roman emperor – these girls rule!
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008