What does Brian mean?
Brian [bri-an] as a boys' 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.
Affiliated boy name: Briley.Creative forms:
(male) Brine, Buran, ..
(female) Brine, Briwyn, .. Middle name pairings:
Brian Marko (B.M.), ..
How popular is Brian?
Brian is a very popular first name for men (#20 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#7327 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Brian was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak rank of #8 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is presently at #189. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Bryan (#166 the previous year), Bryant (#624), Bryon, Briley, Brien, Brain and Brion are the popular alternative forms of Brian (#189 the previous year). These forms of Brian were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 2.5%) and are now much less common (usage 0.3%, 89.1% less).
Brian▼ is alike in pronunciation to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin and Bryn. Other suggested similar names are Abrian, Adrian▲, Aran, Ardian, Arian▲, Arlan, Arman, Arnan, Arran, Bain, Ban, Bevan, Bivian, Boban, Brad▼, Bradan, Brae, Bram, Brand, Brant, Bray, Brenan, Brice, Brick, Brigg, Brik, Brily (see Briley), Brit, Briton, Britt, Brittan, Brogan, Byran, Cian, Darian, Dorian▲, Edrian, Eian, Eirian, Elian, Eran, Erman, Ernan, Evian, Fran, Frean, Gian, Jian, Jorian, Jurian, Kian▲, Oran▼, Orjan, Orlan, Orman, Orran, Rian, Stian and Urban. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brian.See names in meaning and etymology.