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What does Brain mean?

Brain Pronunciation of Brain as a boys' name means "high, noble". Brain is a variant form of Brian (Celtic, Irish, Gaelic): could also mean "strength".


ASSOCIATED WITH high (great), noble


VARIANTS Bryon, Bryen, Bryan, Brion, Brien

OTHER FORMS VIA BRIAN Bri, Briano, Briant, Bryant, Brye, Bryent

(male) Barin, ..

(female) Bralin, ..

Brain Emmett (B.E.), ..

How popular is Brain?

Brain is a very popular first name for men (#602 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#18034 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Brain was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #647 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Brian (#235 LAST YEAR), Brien, Brion, Bryan (#232), Bryant (#684) and Bryon are the prominent related forms of Brain. Other forms, like Brye, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Brain was at its peak during 1970-1979 (AVERAGE #498) and is now significantly lower (#1307, 92%), with versions such as Brian becoming less in vogue.

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

Brain is alike in pronunciation to Bran, Brann, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Brown, Bruin and Bryn. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alain, Ardin, Arlin, Armin, Arvin, Arwin, Bail, Bain, Ban, Beagin, Bergin, Berlin, Berwin, Birgin, Bjarn, Blain, Blair, Bodin, Bordin, Bowin, Brad, Bradd, Braden, Bradie, Bradin, Bradon, Brady, Brae, Brahm, Braiden, Braidy, Bram, Bramm, Brand, Branna, Brant, Brantin, Brasil, Bravo, Braylin, Brik, Bruino (see Bruno), Brysin, Burlin, Byran, Cain, Crain, Dain, Dwain, Efrain, Erin, Ernin, Ervin, Fain, Iain, Irvin, Irwin, Kain, Orin, Orlin, Orsin, Rain, Swain, Twain, Urbain, Wain and Zain. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brain.

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