Brian Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: BRIY-in (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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Bryan, Brayan, Brien, Bryon

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Comments and insights on the name Brian

Brian and Brina are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

I have always liked the name Brian. But is it out of fashion now?

Personal experiences with the name Brian

Brian is my husband's name. I love his name.

I know a few Brians, all of whom are wonderful, caring, honest people. Tend to be great looking as well. :)

Brian is my boyfriend and the father of my children. I used to hate the name, but he made me rethink it when he came into my life. Anytime I hear the name now, I think of a kind-hearted, hard-working man-child with a calm demeanor and comforting personality. Brian is a good, solid name. (Brians are usually on the good-looking side, so that's a plus.)

Nicknames for Brian

Bri, Bri Bri, B-Ry, Brain, Bri Guy, Bri boy, B

Meanings and history of the name Brian

Gaelic for Strong One

Famous real-life people named Brian

Brian Hugh Warner, Marilyn Manson.
Brian Boru, Irish king
Brian Thomas Littrell, member of the Backstreet Boys
Brian McFadden, singer and songwriter, former member of Irish pop band Westlife
Brian Haley, American actor and stand-up comedian
Brian Haner, Jr., aka "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, American 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, retired NFL player
Brian "Lou" Cotton, guitarist for the band We Came As Romans
Brian Williams, journalist and news anchor for NBC
Brian Holden, actor, director, writer
Brian Rosenthal, actor, director, writer, producer
Brian Cox, British physicist, professor and television presenter
Brian May, guitarist of the British rock band Queen and astrophysicist
Brian Elliott, professional ice hockey goaltender (Philadelphia Flyers)
Brian Sean O'Connor (b. 2007), son of former Amazing Race contestant Kevin O'Connor
Brian "Q" Quinn, star of TV's "Impractical Jokers"
Brian Awadis, Iraqi-American YouTuber
Brian Stepanek, American actor and voice actor

Brian in song, story & screen

Brian Johnson, character from the Breakfast Club
"Life of Brian", Monty Python movie.
Brian Griffin, the talking dog on the animated TV series Family Guy.
Bad Sir Brian Botany, the character in a poem of the same name by AA Milne, author of "Winnie the Pooh".
"Brian's Song", book and film based on the life of football player Brian Piccolo.
Brian Cruz, Tag of the X-Men comics
Brian Braddock, Captain Britain in Marvel Comics

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