Bryan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Bryan

Bryan

Pronunciation: BRIY-ən (key)

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.

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I've always liked my name "Bryan" but in grade school I was always "Bryan M." because inevitably there were two or three in the class (born in 1982).

Everyone always misspells my name with an i rather than a y.

This happens to my husband all the time as well.

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Bry, B, Bry-Bry, Bry-Guy

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Bryan Adams, Canadian rock musician
Bryan Ferry, English musician
Bryan Singer, American film director, producer and screenwriter.
Bryan White, American country music artist.
Bryan Cranston, American actor.
Bryan Fuller, creator of TV's "Pushing Daisies".
Bryan Brown, Australian actor.

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