Adriana comes with tons of history, but was seldom heard until the mid-twentieth century.
Our Baby Name of the Day was inspired by C.’s daughter.
Adriana: From the Map
This name begins its story on the map, in Northern Italy. The Etruscans called it Atria or Hatria, a port town near the Adriatic Sea. A river shared the same name.
Settlers lived there as early as the twelfth century BC, and classical Atria dates to sometime in the sixth century.
As for the name’s meaning, theories abound. Some suggest it comes from adur – water or sea, in an ancient language. I’ve come across “rich” and “black” or “dark” as possible meanings, too, though some of the suggested origins post-date the city’s name.