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Boy Name: Dorian

Name: Dorian
Pronunciation: \d(o)-rian\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Dorian's also a girl name)
Meaning: descendant of Dorus; from Doris
Origin: Greek
Related Names: Darrien, Davian, Torin, Doran, Isidore
Sounds Like: Darian, Dorran
Variant forms: Dore, Dorien, Dorion, Dorrian, Dorrien, Dorryen
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 870
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 38171


Dorian \d(o)-rian\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Dorian), is pronounced DOR-ee-en. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Dorian is "descendant of Dorus; from Doris". Place name: Doris is an area in Greece. Literary: in Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray", Dorian was granted the wish that he would retain perpetual youth and beauty. A portrait of him changed to show the ravages of time and eventually caused his death.

Dorian has 6 variant forms: Dore, Dorien, Dorion, Dorrian, Dorrien and Dorryen.

For more information, see also related names Darrien, Davian, Torin, Doran and Isidore.

Baby names that sound like Dorian are Darian and Dorran.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Dorian.


Dorian is a somewhat popular first name for men (#870 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for both men and women (#38171 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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