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Origin & Meaning

The name Brian is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Brian is "strong, honorable".  

It is also of Celtic and origin, where its meaning is "".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 168 in baby name popularity for boys with 2510 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Brian Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Brian has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Brian to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Brian include Briann, Brion, Bryan, Bryon.

The names Breana, Breann, Breanna, Breanne, Briana, Brianna, Brianne, Brigh are all forms of Brian.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Brian Boru, Brian Keith, Brian Piccolo, Brian Urlacher.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Brian in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Brian.

Just for fun, see the name Brian in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Brian in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.