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Brian Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Brian?

The somewhat popular name Brian was the 217th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2017.

This top 250 contender has seen rankings outside of the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #8 for the first time in 1970 and as recently as 1977.

The name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1972 with 36,324 occurrences.

The least number of children given the name Brian was less than 5, most recently in 1910.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Brian occurred roughly during the years 1912-1915, 1917-1920, 1922-1928, and 1930-1972, whereas 1977-1998, and 2002-2016 were years of successive downward movement.

Where is the name Brian popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a very low point.

Brian's popularity has been spiralling downward for some time. , continuing the trend, the number of children named Brian lately has dropped.

The name Brian is favored by many parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Brian is much less frequently used as a given name.

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   Brian (Girl)Brian (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 < 5 -- 1,763 217
2016 < 5 -- 1,975 204
2015 5 16,861 2,208 189
2014 < 5 -- 2,526 168
2013 5 16,969 2,642 150
2012 11 9,811 2,813 140
2011 5 17,195 3,239 122
2010 8 12,464 3,764 101
2009 6 15,559 4,652 94
2008 9 11,744 5,257 87
2007 23 5,923 6,074 81
2006 8 12,610 6,506 72
2005 24 5,292 6,916 63
2004 42 3,500 7,329 59
2003 20 5,842 7,670 59
2002 19 5,930 8,082 51
2001 16 6,664 8,301 46
2000 30 4,089 8,957 43
1999 20 5,255 8,805 43
1998 25 4,384 9,144 41
1997 24 4,393 9,732 37
1996 29 3,729 10,471 36
1995 53 2,423 10,987 36
1994 36 3,174 11,643 37
1993 44 2,726 12,544 34
1992 42 2,831 14,102 31
1991 48 2,557 14,912 30
1990 51 2,405 16,924 27
1989 70 1,874 18,100 24
1988 126 1,197 19,525 22
1987 126 1,160 20,352 20
1986 142 1,058 21,023 20
1985 137 1,071 23,056 18
1984 148 975 24,726 17
1983 156 946 26,062 14
1982 147 1,004 25,830 14
1981 145 1,004 26,599 14
1980 173 884 28,721 12
1979 158 931 28,671 10
1978 171 857 29,453 9
1977 181 828 32,501 8
1976 154 873 30,535 8
1975 151 880 30,604 8
1974 138 912 34,465 8
1973 160 821 35,713 8
1972 171 795 36,324 8
1971 150 886 32,643 9
1970 148 892 31,932 8
1969 130 934 31,696 9
1968 105 1,014 29,939 10
1967 104 1,000 28,652 10
1966 89 1,121 27,270 14
1965 71 1,273 24,555 19
1964 63 1,417 24,191 20
1963 55 1,508 24,123 20
1962 60 1,428 23,244 20
1961 40 1,809 22,550 20
1960 52 1,541 21,994 20
1959 39 1,766 20,737 22
1958 39 1,734 19,255 24
1957 26 2,172 17,518 26
1956 20 2,534 14,649 33
1955 23 2,283 10,108 40
1954 12 3,344 8,078 48
1953 10 3,712 6,661 53
1952 13 3,053 5,742 64
1951 8 4,052 5,102 75
1950 5 5,378 4,448 79
1949 6 4,732 3,852 86
1948 6 4,726 3,357 95
1947 12 3,075 3,449 95
1946 8 3,697 2,584 103
1945 5 4,626 1,990 113
1944 < 5 -- 1,953 116
1943 10 3,062 1,950 120
1942 < 5 -- 1,521 139
1941 < 5 -- 1,123 153
1940 < 5 -- 1,010 163
1939 < 5 -- 807 177
1938 < 5 -- 609 204
1937 < 5 -- 519 228
1936 < 5 -- 344 289
1935 < 5 -- 254 347
1934 < 5 -- 187 402
1933 < 5 -- 150 450
1932 < 5 -- 120 536
1931 < 5 -- 95 605
1930 < 5 -- 91 643
1929 < 5 -- 111 559
1928 < 5 -- 105 602
1927 < 5 -- 74 762
1926 < 5 -- 48 995
1925 < 5 -- 59 873
1924 < 5 -- 38 1,171
1923 < 5 -- 35 1,214
1922 < 5 -- 31 1,314
1921 < 5 -- 34 1,253
1920 < 5 -- 31 1,301
1919 < 5 -- 14 2,162
1918 < 5 -- 12 2,415
1917 < 5 -- 14 2,104
1916 < 5 -- 17 1,780
1915 < 5 -- 21 1,510
1914 < 5 -- 11 1,988
1913 < 5 -- 14 1,452
1912 < 5 -- 6 2,312
1911 < 5 -- 7 1,404
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United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.