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Meaning and name origin
Brian \b-rian\ as a boy's name is pronounced BRY-en. It is of Celtic, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Brian is "high, noble". Could also mean "strength". Historical: Brian Boru (10th century) was a warrior who became high king of Ireland and one of its greatest national heroes. He liberated the country from the Danes in 1014. Actor Brian Dennehy; film director Brian De Palma.
Brian is a very popular first name for males (#20 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6239 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Brian for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brian and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Brain, Brian, Brien, Bryan, Bryant and Bryon. (2015 statistics).
Brian is also pronounced similarly to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin and Bryn. Other suggested similar baby names are Arian, Bram and Byran. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brian.
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