What does Brien mean?
Brien /bri-en/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name. Brien's name origins are Celtic, Irish and Gaelic, and the name Brien means "high, noble". Brien is a version of Brian (Celtic, Irish, Gaelic): could also mean "strength". Breen is a conventional surname.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Brien for boys. Brien entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its apex rank of #827 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Brien and affiliated names. Brain, Brian (#168 the previous year), Bryan (#148), Bryant (#581) and Bryon are the prominent varying forms of Brien. Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5872%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.3505%, down 40.3%), with the forms Brain, Bryant and Bryon becoming less trendy. Brian (#168) and Bryan (#148) are two of the more fashionable boy names here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Brien is alike in pronunciation to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown▼, Bruin and Bryn. Other suggested similar baby names are Arien, Barren, Biren and Byren. Like Brien, these names are not frequently used.