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What does Brian mean?

Brian \b-rian\ 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.


Variations

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

Brian has 3 feminine forms: Brianda, Brianna and Brie.


Popularity

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)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Brian for boys. Brian was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak rank of #8 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is presently at #168. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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 usage of the boy name Brian and corresponding names. Bryan (#148 the previous year), Bryant (#581), Bryon, Brien and Brain are the popular alternative forms of Brian (#168 the previous year). These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5872%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.3505%, down 40.3%), with the versions Bryant, Brain and Bryon becoming less trendy. Bryan (#148) and Brian (#168) are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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


Similar Names

Brian is alike in pronunciation 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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