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Gender: M Meaning of Brian: "strong, virtuous, and honorable" Origin of Brian: Irish Brian's Popularity in 2014: #168

Brian, has long been among the most popular of the Irish imports for boys. It landed on the US popularity list in 1925, entered the Top 100 where it remained for 60+ years, reaching the Top 10 in the 1970s. Now, though it has gradually been replaced by such upstart brothers as Aidan and Liam, Brian still manages to hang in at a respectable Number 168.

In Ireland its claim to fame was tied to Brian Boru, the most famous of all Irish warrior-kings, credited with driving the Vikings out of Ireland. In the modern world, Brian has some pretty diverse associations--to newscaster Williams, the movie Monty Python's Life of Brian and as Marilyn Manson's real name.

Bryan is a common alternative spelling.

Famous People Named Brian

Brian Williams, American broadcast journalist
Brian Eno (aka Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno), English musician
(Martin) Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister of Canada
Brian de Palma, American film director
Brian Boitano, American figure skater
Brian McKnight, American singer
Brian Austin Green, American actor
Brian Edward Gottfried, American tennis player
Brian Holden, American actor, singer, writer
Brian Minchin, British TV producer
Brian Wilson, American musician of The Beach Boys
Brian Rosenthal, American actor and singer
Brian Howard Clough, English footballer and manager
Brian de la Puente, American football player
Brian Kerwin, American actor
Brian Urlacher, American football player
Brian Denis Cox, Scottish actor
Brian Regan, American comedian
Brian Thomas "B-Rok" Littrell, American singer of the Backstreet Boys
Brian Logan Dales, lead singer of American band The Summer Set
Brian Leo Bianchini, American model/actor
Brian Boru, Irish king
Brian May, guitarist for British band Queen
Brian Hallisay, American actor
Brian Howe, American actor
Brian Phillip "Head" Welch, guitarist for American band Korn
Brian 'Astro' Bradley, American actor and Rapper
Brian 'Q' Quinn, American comedian from The Tenderloins and Impractical Jokers

Pop Culture References for the name Brian

Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, character in "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott
Brian Griffin, character on "Family Guy"
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, character in Harry Potter series
Brian Kinney, character on "Queer as Folk"
Brian Finn, character in "Keeping the Faith"
Brian O'Conner, character in "Fast and the Furious"

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