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What does the name Brian mean?

The meaning of the name “Brian” is: “Strong One; noble; high”.

Additional information: The origin of the name Brian, also spelled at Bryan, is not entirely certain. Most people attribute it to the Irish or the Celts. From this origin the name would be derived from the word bre, meaning “high, noble, or hill”. Brian Boru (941-1014) or Brian Bóraimhe, is one of the most notable men to have held the name. He was an Irish king who unified the leaders of Ireland and liberated  Ireland from the Viking invaders back in the 10th century , becoming one of the greatest national heroes of Ireland. Although he was killed during the battle, his name lived on and became a very common given name has his time. In the Middle Ages the name was introduced by Scandinavians from Ireland and by Bretons from Brittany when the Norman Conquest began.

The baby name Brian is of Celtic – Gaelic origin, derived from the root bri (force, strength), brîgh (valor, strength), or bruaich (a hill, steep, high).

Alternate spellings of the name Brian include Bryan, Bryon, Brien, and Brion. The name Byron is sometimes considered to be a variant on Brian. Feminine variations of this name include Brianna, Breanna, Breanne, Brianne, Bryanna, and Bryanne.

The popularity of the name Brian declined greatly between the mind 1900s and 2014, where it was ranked highest at 78th most popular in Portugal. Otherwise, in 2014, it was ranked as the 168th most popular boy’s name in the US, the 378th most popular in England and Wales, and the 351st most popular in Netherlands. The name peaked in popularity in the US during 1972-77 when it was ranked as the 8th most popular boy’s name. It was also the 8th most popular boy’s name in Canada in 1958.

Famous people who share in name Brian include RnB singer Brian McKnight; Brian Quinn, a comedian; Brian Johnson, a rock singer; Brian Dales, a pop singer; Brian Scalabrine, a basketball player; Brian Cox, an actor; Brian Krause, an actor; and Brian McCann, a baseball player.

The known 'Monty Python's The Life of Brian' is a comedy film about a man mistaken for the Messiah.