Gender: Female Pronunciation: Brian-ee Meaning of Bryony: "to sprout" Origin of Bryony: Latin flower name

Bryony Origin and Meaning

The name Bryony is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "to sprout".

Bryony is an unusually strong plant name --the bryony is a wild climbing vine with green flowers --that caught on in the U.K. before sprouting here. The name of the young character in the Ian McEwan novel Atonement is spelled Briony, which is the variation and Bryony the original.

Bryony sounds a lot fresher than the now dated Brittany. Pronunciation is like Brian with an ee at the end, though the name bears no relationship to the male Brian or Bryan.

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Famous People Named Bryony

Pop Culture References for the name Bryony

Briony, Bryonie, Brihoney, Brioney

Bryony's International Variations

Bryonia (Greek)


Maryyy Says:


SHOOT! Its not pronounced bree-OH-nee?

Bryony_x Says:


Anyone have nicknames for bryony? Been called “Bee” since birth and hate it, really want a change

Starelli Says:


Never say never.

Catgirlmri Says:


I love this name, and it's going in a story, somewhere.

Daiseymae Says:


This is cute.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I think the description has been updated. It now says "brian-ee" not "brian-nee", but I still think that "briar-nee" is a better way of expressing how this name is pronounced.

paulapuddephatt Says:


There is no actual connection between the name Bryony and Brian/Bryan, except for a similarity in the sound. Bryony is a plant name. The NB guide says that it is pronounced Brian-nee, but I would say it is more like Briar-nee. You don't pronounce the 'n' sound twice. The fact that they use the name Brian in the example kind of exaggerates any similarity between the names. As far as I know, Briana, Brianna, Brianne, etc are the feminine versions of Brian/Bryan. Bryony is not, and Briony is a variant of Bryony.

Lady Timedramon Says:


A character in the webcomic "Battlepug" is named Bryony. She's a young red-haired girl, probably about 10, with magic powers over plants... and the ability to swear like a sailor.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Such a beautiful name

ladimon Says:


I would pronounce this "Bry-oh-nee"

EvaThyssen Says:


Never of course, but the connection is too strong for me.
Anways, British actress Bryony Hannah is a nice namesake, I love her role of Sister Mary Cynthia in Call the midwife. I don't associate Bryony to Brony as much as I did before.
I'd never use it though. It's not of my style and completely unusable here in Chile.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Your preferred pronounciation would make more sense with the spelling Briony. Bryony has the y sound in it so most people would think that it was pronounced bryan-ee. Plus, bree-ah-nee comes with the cute nicknames Annie (a bit of a stretch), Bri and Bria. :)

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I wouldn't worry about it. Since when has a girl been called a Brony?

abertawe Says:


Loved this name in Atonement. Watch it - gets you used to the correct pronunciation. :)

Gunnhild4 Says:


A hit and run character on A Touch of Frost tv show is named Bryony. They have it pronounced as Bri-ann-E (long I, short a, long e). I never had heard of this name until I watch a rerun of the Frost show.

thorn144 Says:


Would it be a complete mispronunciation to say it "Bree-ah-nee"? Or can there be 2 correct pronunciations? Because I think Bree-ah-nee sounds a lot better, rhymes with peony which is pretty. I think Brian-nee just sounds like a weird offshoot of Brian.

autumnreverie Says:


Refreshing botanical name.

noro226 Says:


I really dislike the name Bryan, so this pronunciation I naturally dislike. However, pronounced BREE-ah-nee it becomes fresh, vibrant, and beautiful! I would consider using this pronunciation for a future child.

eveyalecia Says:


I've heard it pronounced BREE-uh-nee before.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I like this name, with the pronounciation Brian-nee, but I've heard people pronounce it "briney" which sounds like fishy

Caroline Says:


It sounds weird, makes me think of a horse.

jordalini Says:


I think this is a mouthful, but it does look pretty

indiefendi2 Says:


If Bronwen is too bulky for you there's this pretty gem.

Saffron_Rice Says:


A pretty and appealing name. I have a workmate in Australia called this and she gets many compliments on her name.

Caroline Says:


I hate the way it sounds!

EvaThyssen Says:


Just one letter away from Brony.

calyma Says:


i would probably really like this name if my brain didn't associate it with "Bronies".

Alicia1 Says:


This is so cute, I like the flower association!

Addie88 Says:


I think this name is a real gem, pronounced the correct way. Very underused, but still with history. And I love vines.

Guest Says:


I'd like it better if it was prn. bree-AH-ny

Sorceress Says:


I prefer Briony, but this is nice alternative.