Brian: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Brian
Origin of the name Brian:
Irish name of uncertain etymology. It is generally thought to be of Celtic origin, but its meaning is disputed. Some believe it to be derived from the root bri (force, strength), brîgh (valor, strength), or bruaich (a hill, steep, high). The name was introduced to different parts of England in the Middle Ages by Scandinavians from Ireland and by Bretons from Brittany. Var: Brien, Bryan. Short: Bri.
Looking for more name information? Get Name MatchMaker & more Expert name-finding tools!
Sister & Brother Names
Know a Brian? What are his siblings named?
Contribute your knowledge to the name Brian
- Comments and insights on the name Brian: | Edit
- Share what you know!
- Personal experiences with the name Brian: | Edit
Brian is my husband's name- I love his name.
- Nicknames for Brian: | Edit
- Meanings and history of the name Brian: | Edit
Gaelic for Strong One
- Famous real-life people named Brian: | Edit
Brian Littrell - Backstreet Boys
Brian McFadden - Irish singer
Brian Haner, Jr. "Synyster Gates", lead guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold
Brian Haner, American musician and comedian
Brian Wilson, American singer/songwriter, leader of the Beach Boys
Brian Dennehy, American Actor
Brian Jordan, Retired NFL/MLB player
Brian Logan Dales, singer for The Summer Set dreams of being a horse
Brian Kenny, ESPN sportscaster
Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993)
Brian Regan, Stand-Up Comedian
Brian Austin Green, Actor
Brian Schmidt, Australian Astronomer and Nobel laureate in Physics.
Brian McCann, MLB catcher for the Atlanta Braves.
Brian McKnight, Singer-Songwriter
Brian Banks, Retired MLB player
Brian Johnson, Contemporary Worship Leader
Brian Orakpo, American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins
Brian Urlacher, Current NFL player
Brian "Lou" Cotton, guitarist for the band We Came As Romans
- Brian in song, story & screen: | Edit
The Life of Brian, Monty Python movie
Brian Griffin, the talking dog on the animated TV series Family Guy