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Meaning and name origin

Brien \b-rien\ as a boy's name is of Celtic, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Brien is "high, noble". Brien is a variant of Brian (Celtic, Irish, Gaelic): could also mean "strength".


Brien has 5 variant forms: Brain, Brion, Bryan, Bryen, Bryon.


Brien is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#6278 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Brien for boys. Brien reached its highest rank of #827 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brien name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brien and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bryan (#148), Brian (#168), Bryon, Brien and Brain. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Brien is also pronounced similarly to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin and Bryn. Other suggested similar baby names are Arien, Barren, Biren, Briano and Byren. Like Brien, these names are not commonly used.