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Gender: Male Meaning of Brian: "strong, virtuous, and honorable" Origin of Brian: Irish Brian's Popularity in 2018: #235

The name Brian is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "strong, virtuous, and honorable". Brian is ranked #235 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Strong, Brave or Powerful and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

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.

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Popularity

Brian is #307 on Nameberry

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Pop Culture References for the name Brian

Bryan, Bryant, Briano, Briant, Bryon, Brien, Bryen, Brion, Bryent

Comments

_mamabears Says:

2018-05-24T07:00:37

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:

2017-04-24T23:30:59

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:

2015-12-15T15:27:52

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