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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 has 14 variant forms: Brain, Bri, Briano, Briant, Brien, Brion, Bryan, Bryant, Bryent, Brye, Bryen, Bryent, Bryon and O'Brien.

There are 3 feminine forms of Brian: Brianda, Brianna and Brie.


Brian is a very popular first name for males (#20 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6239 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Brian for boys. Brian reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brian outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bryan (#148), Brian (#168), Bryant (#581), Bryon, Brien and Brain. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brain, Brian, Brien, Bryan, Bryant, Bryon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brian, Bryan outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.