Feminine variation of Brian
"strong, virtuous and honorable"

Brianna Origin and Meaning

The name Brianna is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "strong, virtuous and honorable".

Brianna's popularity in the US came later than father name Brian's, peaking in the 1990s, two decades after Brian's Top 10 reign of the 1970s.

But Brianna is more popular than Brian now, along with sister name Briana even taking a slight upward turn recently. That fresh sheen might be credited to Brienne of Tarth, a warrior-heroine of Game of Thrones.

Though it sounds like it might be a modern invention, the name actually appeared as far back as the sixteenth century in Edmund Spenser's poem The Faerie Queen. And Brian goes back a lot further, to Irish high king Brian Boru's reign around the year 1000.

# 152 in the US

Brianna Rank in US Top 1000

# 716 on Nameberry

Brianna Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Brianna Popularity

Famous People Named Brianna

  • Brianna Perry aka Lil' BriannaAmerican rapper
  • Brianna Lynn BrownAmerican actress
  • Brianna Marie KeilarAmerican TV journalist
  • Brianna Caitlin HildebrandAmerican actress
  • Brianna DeckerAmerican ice hockey player
  • Brianna LoveAmerican adult film actress
  • Brianna Lea PruettAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Brianna TaylorAmerican reality TV personality and singer
  • (Megan) Brianna McConnellactress; twin sister Brittany McConnell
  • Brianna Monique GarciaColace aka Brie Bella, American pro wrestler
  • Brianna Adkinsdaughter of country singer Trace Adkins

Brianna in Pop Culture

  • Briannacharacter in the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  • Brianna "The Breeze" character in the "Gone" series by Michael Grant
  • Briannacharacter in "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac"
  • Briannacharacter in movie "A Cinderella Story"
  • Brianna "Bree" Timminscharacter on Australian TV soap "Neighbours"
  • Brianna Bauercharacter in "The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes"
  • Briannamain character's younger sister in the "Dork Diaries" series
  • Briannacharacter in Melody Carlson's "Never Been Kissed"
  • Nickname: Breezy
  • Brianna Hansoncharacter in "Grace and Frankie"
  • Brianna Ellen Randall Fraser Mackenziecharacter in the Outlander Series, daughter of James “Jamie” Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser and Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser