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What does Bryan mean?

Bryan Pronunciation of Bryan [bryan] 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.

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

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

(female) Bryannie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bryan Giorgio (B.G.), ..

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)

Bryan reached its top position of #46 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #166. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Bryan (#166 from current records) are Brain, Brian (#189 from current records), Brien, Brion, Bryant (#624) 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%, 89%), with versions such as Brian 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.