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What does Bryan mean?

Bryan \b-ryan, br-yan\ as a boys' name is pronounced BRY-an. It is of English origin. Variant of Brian. Actor Bryan Brown; singer Bryan Ferry.


Bryan has 2 variants: Bryen and Bryon.

For more information, see also the related boy name Bryland.

Bryan has 10 more different forms via Brian: Brain, Bri, Briano, Briant, Brien, Brion, Bryant, Brye, Bryent and O'Brien.


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. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #148. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 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 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. 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%, down 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brain, Brian, Brien, Bryan, 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 similar baby names are Bram, Byran and Byrn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bryan.