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Brian 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.
Baby names that sound like Brian are Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin, Bryn and Byran.
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Popularity of Brian
Brian is a very popular first name for men (#20 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6239 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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