What does Bryan mean?
Bryan /bry-an/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced BRY-an. It is of English origin. Variant of Brian. Actor Bryan Brown; singer Bryan Ferry.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Bryan for boys. Bryan was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #47 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #148. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Bryan and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Bryan (#148 the previous year) are Brain, Brian (#168 the previous year), Brien, Bryant (#581) and Bryon. Forms like O'Brien are uncommon. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5872%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.3505%, ▼40.3%), with the versions Brain, Bryant and Bryon becoming less trendy. Brian (#168) and Bryan (#148) are two of the more fashionable baby names in this list. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Bryan▲ is alike in pronunciation to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown▼, Bruin and Bryn. Other recommended similar baby names are Bram, Byran and Byrn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bryan.