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, 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).
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).
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.