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Gender: F Pronunciation: brian-nee Meaning of Briony: "to sprout" Origin of Briony: Spelling variation of Bryony

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Briony may be the variation and Bryony the original, but many parents will see this as the more authentic-feeling version of this attractive botanical name. Still unusual in the U.S., Briony is in the British Top 100 and may appeal to parents as a fresh spin on Briana or Brittany.

Briony Tallis is the young girl who sets the plot in motion in Ian McEwan's novel Atonement--played on screen by Saoirse Ronan, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.

Briony is a variant spelling of Bryony, coming from the Greek meaning 'to grow luxuriantly'. Bryony/Briony is an unusually strong plant name --the bryony being a wild climbing vine with green flowers

Pronunciation is like Brian with an ee at the end.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Briony

Briony Tallis - one of the sisters in the book "Atonement" by Ian McEwan, which was made into a movie of the same name.