What does Brianna mean?
Brianna \b-rianna, bri(an)-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced bree-AHH-ah. It is of Irish, Gaelic and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Brianna is "high, noble, exalted". May also possibly mean "strong". A contemporary feminine form of Brian, found occasionally in England since the 16th century. See also Brionna.
Brianna has 44 variants: Brana, Breanna▼, Breanne▼, Breayanna, Bree, Breeann, Breeanna, Breeanne, Breena, Bri, Bria, Briahna, Briana, Briand, Brianda, Briane, Briann, Briannah, Brianne▼, Brianni, Briannon, Briauna, Briaunna, Brie, Brieann, Brieanna, Brienna, Brienne, Brieon, Brina, Briney, Brinn, Brinna, Briny, Bryana▼, Bryann, Bryanna, Bryanne, Bryauna, Bryn▼, Bryna, Brynna, Brynnan and Brynne.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Brenna.
Brianna is a very popular first name for females (#738 out of 4276, Top 17%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Brianna for girls. Brianna was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #14 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is presently at #85. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Brianna (#85 the previous year) are Breanna (#624 the previous year), Breanne, Bree, Brenna (#784), Bria (#521), Brian, Briana (#419), Brianda, Brianne, Brionna, Bryana, Bryanna (#639) and Bryn (#965). Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread in 1994 (usage of 0.4602%) and is now much less (usage 0.2116%, down 54%), with versions such as Breanna, Brenna, Brianne, Brionna and Bryana becoming somewhat dated. Bria (#521), Briana (#419), Brianna (#85) and Bryanna (#639) are four of the more fashionable birth names in this list. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Brianna and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Brianna is alike in pronunciation to Breana▼, Breauna, Breawna, Breiana and Breonna▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Arianna, Brann, Breann▼, Breiann and Orianna. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brianna.