Gender: Male Meaning of Brian: "strong, virtuous, and honorable" Origin of Brian: Irish Brian's Popularity in 2019: #247

Brian Origin and Meaning

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

The origins of the name Brian are not entirely clear, but it is suspected that it evolved from an Old Celtic word related to nobility. In Ireland the name is associated with Brian Boru, the most famous of all Irish warrior-kings, credited with driving the Vikings out of Ireland. Bryan is a common alternative spelling.

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, and reached the Top 10 in the 1970s. 2016 marked the first year since before World War II that Brian finished outside the Top 200 boys' names.

Brian has some pretty diverse associations—to newscaster Williams, the movie Monty Python's Life of Brian and as Marilyn Manson's real name.

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Rank in US: #247

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


My iPhone 4S is named Brianna, after a voice actor named Brian.

_mamabears Says:


my beloved grandad’s name was Brian and even though my partner doesn’t wish to have this as a first name I would defiantly included this as a middle name. My grandparents mean the world to me!!❤️💙

NameLover 11 Says:


I love this name!! Such a great alternative to Liam and Aidan/Aiden. The meaning is amazing. Definitely plan on using as either a first or middle name.

Hailey Says:


My brother's best friend was Brian, he passed away just a year ago. <3