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What does Brien mean?

Brien Pronunciation of Brien [brien] as a boys' name means "high, noble". Brien is a version of Brian (Celtic, Irish, Gaelic): could also mean "strength".

Associated with: high (great), noble.


Brien has 5 variants: Brain, Brion, Bryan, Bryen and Bryon.

7 more related forms via Brian: Bri, Briano, Briant, Bryant, Brye, Bryent and O'Brien.

Creative forms:
(male) Baren, Brino, ..

(female) Brini, Briwen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Brien Hiram (B.H.), ..

How popular is Brien?

Brien is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#11302 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Brien entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #823 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brien name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Brain, Brian (#189 from current records), Brion, Bryan (#166), Bryant (#624) and Bryon are the prominent varying forms of Brien. Usage of these forms of Brien was at its most widespread in the 1970s (adoption of 2.5%) and has become much reduced since (adoption 0.3%, 89.1%), with forms such as Brian becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brien, Brain, Brian, Brion, Bryan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bryant, Bryon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Brien is alike in pronunciation to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin and Bryn. Other suggested similar names are Adrien, Arden, Aren, Arien, Arjen, Arlen, Armen, Arren, Arsen, Bain, Barden, Barren, Barten, Ben, Bergen, Beven, Biren, Boden, Borden, Bowen, Braden, Brae, Braiden, Breed, Brent, Bret, Brice, Brick, Brigg, Brik, Briley, Brily (see Briley), Brit, Briton, Britt, Broden, Brycen, Brysen, Byren, Darien, Dorien, Freen, Irven, Oren, Orren, Orsen and Rien. These names tend to be more frequently used than Brien.

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