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Brian Meaning


What does Brian mean?

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 "".

Brian is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Bri-an.

The Given Name Brian

Brian appeals to parents who seek a name with genuine depth.

Simple yet sophisticated, the name is a great blend of character and flair.

Wrap it up and take it home, Brian may just be the name you're looking for.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Brian Austin Green, Brian Benben, and Brian Boru.

Brian Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 235 in baby name popularity for boys with 1,618 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 216 in baby name popularity for boys with 1,770 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.

Brian 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.

Famous Brians

  • Brian Austin Green ~ Actor
  • Brian Benben ~ Actor
  • Brian Boru ~ Irish King (1002-1014)
  • Brian Cox ~ Actor
  • Brian David Josephson ~ Nobel Prize for Physics 1973
  • Brian Dietzen ~ Actor
  • Brian Eno ~ Musician
  • Brian Kerwin ~ Actor
  • Brian Kobilka ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2012
  • Brian Krause ~ Actor
  • Brian Lacey ~ Saint
  • Brian Leetch ~ Ice Hockey Player
  • Brian McNamara ~ Actor
  • Brian Mulroney ~ Canadian Prime Minister (1984-1993)
  • Brian Orakpo ~ Football Player
  • Brian Schmidt ~ Nobel Prize for Physics 2011
  • Brian Wilson ~ Musician

Brian Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Brian.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Brian 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.