Gender: Female Meaning of Briar: "a thorny patch" Origin of Briar: English Briar's Popularity in 2018: #687

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.

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Rank in US: #687

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Pop Culture References for the name Briar

Bryar, Brier


Sp25629 Says:


I LOVE THIS NAME!! It sounds so pretty and I think briar rose is such a beatiful first and last name, I will totally use this name in the future, BUT my husband unfortunately doesn’t like the name at all he hates it and won’t let me use it for any future children so I can’t use this name, mabey on an animal, but not on a human because sadly my husband won’t let me

loiswrenmatthews Says:


I must be in the minority, because I am twenty-three years old and have never seen Disney's "Sleeping Beauty". In spite of that, I find Briar to be incredibly enchanting. While it does sound very "American Girl", it would be lovely to meet a little girl in England named Briar.

deusvult Says:


Nice, but might end up as an unused first name.

scblovesnames Says:


I like it.

Miri Says:


I love this name. I knew a beautiful, sweet girl named Briar. I would totally name my child this!

paulapuddephatt Says:


True. It isn't exactly the worst meaning ever. My name doesn't technically have much of a meaning, as feminine versions don't have their own specific meaning anyway, and Paul means "small", which could be worse, but isn't exactly interesting or inspiring. Anyway, the "thorny patch" meaning isn't one that would put me off. Briar is lovely.

RoddyThlayli Says:


My name doesn't even technically have a meaning, and I'd rather it meant "thorny patch" than have no meaning at all.

clairels Says:


Yeah, she kind of was. I think it was the character who harmed the name for me rather than the sound of the name itself. But maybe it was a little of both.

silkypumpkin Says:


thats funny cause it sounds to me the opposite of prissy and fussy, more a down to earth 'tomboy' name. unless of course the character was prissy and fussy.

Finn Says:


Surprisingly a really sweet sounding name for one that means "thorny bush"

tsfe22 Says:


I actually like that it means 'thorny patch'. It's a fairytale-isn name but with an edge and I like and respect that combo. Possibly suitable for people looking for something edgier than Brie or wanting a nature name that isn't too hippyish or whimsical. In alternative medicine, the plants that are the thorniest often have the most potent healing properties - they make you work for the reward.

clairels Says:


I read a recent romance novel where the heroine was named this, and for some reason it really bugged me. I can't put my finger on why. It just seemed really prissy and fussy. In any case, I won't be using it.

beachbear Says:


I love this name for a fictional character, but imagine growing up knowing your name means "thorny patch."

Phibstar9 Says:


When me and my little girl play a game, she is always called Briar.

lizway Says:


Love the Sleeping Beauty tie in, love the way to honor a Brian. Overall a gorgeous name.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I like this name but it looks real weird without Rose.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I love this because this was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty's name as a girl living in the woods. Her name was Briar Rose! So gorgeous.

AllieCat718 Says:


It's a cute unisex name.

autumnreverie Says:


It's a unisex name, but I love this on a boy.

Floris Says:


I agree. It's soo lovely. It does remind me of Friar... But apart from that it's awesome!

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I'm surprised at myself that I like this name. It has a fairy tale element to it, but has a down to earth feel.