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Adriana is the feminine version of the Latin name Adrian and means “from Adria”. As an Italian and Spanish name it has come to mean “dark” as well. The name has been popular in many European countries for centuries but only came to the US in the 1960’s.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Adriana:

In Latin, this name means “from Hadria”. Hadria is a city in northern Italy. Adriana used to be used as a way to denote someone from this city, but the name has since broken out of its original use. Alternatively, the name means “dark” in Italian. Adriana is often associated with the supermodel Adriana Lima, giving the name a powerful and beautiful connotation.

Symbolism of the Name Adriana:

While “dark” may seem to have negative connotations such as mourning and sadness, in some cultures it is also associated with the Holy Spirit. Black is the color of certainty and consistency.

Nicknames for the Name Adriana:

As a longer first name, there are plenty of ways to shorten Adriana. With so many nicknames to choose from, you'll want to take your time thinking about which one is perfect for your child! These are our favorites:

Style of the Name Adriana:


Gender of the Name Adriana:

Adriana is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the Name Adriana:

ay-dree-AN-ə (English), a-dree-A-na (Italian, Dutch), a-DHRYA-na (Spanish), a-DRYA-na (Polish)

Number of syllables in the Name Adriana:


Emotion evoked from the Name Adriana:

Adriana evokes feelings of vibrance and sophistication.

Alternative spellings for the Name Adriana:

Adrianna, Adryana

Popularity of the Name Adriana:

According to the Social Security Administration, Adriana first became popular in the United States in 1960. The name rose to the top 200 baby girl names in 1988 and stayed there until 2016.

Great Middle Names for Adriana and Their Meanings:

Famous People with the Name Adriana:

  • Adriana Lima (Brazilian supermodel)
  • Adriana Caselotti (American voice actress)
  • Adriana Asti (Italian actress)
  • Adriana da Cunha Calcanhotto (Brazilian singer-songwriter)
  • Adriana Vazquez (television, “Switched at Birth”)
  • Adriana Vertes (television, “Dark Angel”)
  • Adriana La Cerva (television, “The Sopranos”)
  • Adriana Cramer (television, “One Life to Live”)
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