Bryan Name Meaning & Origin
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.
- Personal experiences with the name Bryan
According to my research, there are three spellings of the name: they are Brian, Bryan and Bryne. My birth certificate has the latter spelling, but because of its rarity I have always used "Bryan." From information gained, the name appears to be of Celtic origin. I had a Scottish father and an Irish mother. I suppose that makes me a sort of Celtic mongrel. I have never in my long life met or been aware of anyone who spells their name as "Bryne." I wonder why? Is "Bryne" the original spelling, perhaps? Has "Brian" and "Bryan" derived from it? Whatever the truth, at least I know that on my birth certificate I was identified as BRYNE. Am I the only one?
- Nicknames for Bryan
Bry, B, Bry-Bry, Bry-Guy
- Meanings and history of the name Bryan
The name "Bryan" is thought to be derived from an Old Celtic language word meaning "high", or "noble".
- Famous real-life people named Bryan
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.
- Bryan in song, story & screen
Bryan O'Connor Fast and Furious