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What does Bryan mean?

Bryan /bry-an/ as a boys' name is pronounced BRY-an. It is of English origin. Variant of Brian. Actor Bryan Brown; singer Bryan Ferry.

Associated with: brown


Bryan has 2 variants: Bryen and Bryon.

Affiliated boy names: Bryland and Brylee.

Bryan has 9 more different relations via Brian: Brain, Bri, Briano, Briant, Brien, Brion, Bryant, Brye and Bryent.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Brayan, Bryyan, ..

(female) Bryannee, Bryannie, ..

How popular is Bryan?

Bryan is a very prominent first name for men (#102 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#542 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Bryan for boys. Bryan reached its top position of #46 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #148. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the history of the boy name Bryan and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Bryan (#148 from current records) are Brain, Brian (#168 from current records), Brien, Brion, Bryant (#581) and Bryon. Other forms, like Briant, are uncommon. These relations of Bryan were favored by parents in the 1970s (usage of 2.5%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.3%, 88%), with versions such as Bryon becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bryan, Brain, Brian, Brien, Brion 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

Bryan is alike in pronunciation to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin and Bryn. Other recommended names are Adryan, Aran, Arian, Arlan, Arman, Arnan, Arran, Ban, Bevan, Boban, Boyn, Brad, Bradan, Brae, Bram, Brand, Brant, Bray, Braydan, Brenan, Brogan, Bryce, Brycen, Bryly (see Briley), Bryse, Brysen, Brysin, Bryson, Bunyan, Byran, Byrn, Coyan, Eran, Erman, Ernan, Fran, Frean, Gyan, Oran, Orjan, Orlan, Orman, Orran, Royan, Ryan and Urban. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bryan.