"a thorny patch"

Briar Origin and Meaning

The name Briar is a girl's name of English origin meaning "a thorny patch".

Fairy-tale memories of Sleeping Beauty inspire some parents—such as Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen—to call their daughters Briar Rose. But Briar plus a different middle name might work even better. It's one of the newly popular nature-word names, charting in the US for the first time in 2015 for both genders.

While there are about four girls named Briar to every three boys, the name is on the rise for both genders. It could make for an interesting choice to honor a Brian.

# 550 in the US

Briar Rank in US Top 1000

# 117 on Nameberry

Briar Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Briar Popularity

Famous People Named Briar

  • Briar NoletCanadian dancer, model and actress
  • Briar Rose Christensen (b. 2014)daughter of actors Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen

Briar in Pop Culture

  • Briar Rose aka Princess Auroracharacter in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty"
  • Briar Rosemother of Princess Aurora on TV's 'Once Upon A Time'
  • Briar Rosecharacter in 1916 silent film "Hell to Pay Austin"
  • Briar Beautydaughter of Sleeping Beauty in the "Ever After High" series
  • Briar Harvestarcharacter in "Bone" comics by Jeff Smith
  • Briar Davischaracter in "All Chained Up" by Sophie Jordan
  • Briar Cudgeonmale character in the Artemis Fowl series
  • Briar Mossmale character in the Circle of Magic and Circle Opens series by Tamora Pierce
  • Sweet Briar College in VirginiaUSA
  • Briar Cahnsister of Hazel and River and daughter of Craig in game "Dream Daddy"