Florian

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “flower.”

The name is derived from the Latin Florianus, which is derived from the Roman gens name Florus, meaning “flower.”

The name is borne by an early Christian saint and martyr who is considered the patron saint of Upper Austria, Poland and firefighters. In German slang, fighfighters are sometimes generically referred to as Florian, and there is a German folk saying called the Florian Principle which refers to a prayer to the saint, which goes:

O holy Saint Florian, spare my house, kindle others

This saying is the equivalent of the English saying, “not in my backyard.”

Florian has always been a popular name in German-speaking countries. It is currently the 10th most popular male name in Austria, (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 35 (Germany, 2011)
  • # 79 (France, 2009)
  • # 84 (Belgium, 2009)
  • # 100 (Hungary, 2010)
  • # 155 (the Netherlands, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Florian Флориан (Albanian/Bulgarian/Dutch/English/French/German/Hungarian/Polish/Romanian/Russian/Spanish/Ukrainian)
  • Florià (Catalan)
  • Florijan (Croatian/Slovene)
  • Florián (Czech/Slovak)
  • Floriaan (Dutch)
  • Florianus (Dutch/Latin)
  • Flórián (Hungarian)
  • Flóris (Hungarian)
  • Fóris (Hungarian)
  • Fiorino (Italian)
  • Floreano (Italian)
  • Floriano (Italian/Portuguese)
  • Florians (Latvian)
  • Florijonas (Lithuanian)
  • Tworzyjan (Polish: sometimes used as a vernacular form)
  • Florin (Romanian)
  • Flurin (Romansch)
  • Florianu (Sicilian)
  • Florjan (Slovene)

Feminine forms include:

  • Floriana (Albanian/Italian/Romanian)
  • Florijana (Croatian/Slovene)
  • Floriane (French/German)
  • Fiorina (Italian)
  • Floreana (Italian)
  • Florianna (Polish)
  • Floryjana (Polish: archaic form)
  • Florina (Romanian)
  • Flurina (Romansch)
  • Florika (Slovene)
  • Florjana (Slovene)
Polish diminutives are Floszka and Tworka.