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Brian

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Origin: Celtic
Meaning: Strong

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Brian

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Brian in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Brian:

  • Records indicate that 1,151,207 boys in the United States have been named Brian since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1972, when 36,300 people in the U.S. were given the name Brian. Those people are now 47 years old.

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    Comments about the name Brian

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "I named my son Brian because both my parents are of pure Irish decent. I have always loved that name. It was a popular name when my son, who is now 33, was growing up, but I definitely did not choose it because of its popularity. My Irish roots run deep in our family." Apr. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named Brian, born in 1975. There were 5 Brians in my kindergarten class. Everyone I meet shortens it to just B (like Bee) on their own, it?s always been this way. I get a lot of ?what?s up B?? Type phrases. Seems to be common with this name for some reason." Aug. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born Brian in 1958 when it was not particularly popular. I liked that there was only one other Brian in my entire high school. I wasn't thrilled that it became very popular through the 70's. I kind of liked being one of the few Brians around. Good name, I'm glad my parents chose it." Dec. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Been BRIAN my whole life...:) I only met one BrYan in my life that I didn't like and he spelled his name with a Y so go figure...!?!?" Nov. 2, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name us spelled Bryen. I have never met anyone or met any one that has know if this spelling" Apr. 30, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Actually, the name Brian; with the I spelling; comes from Ireland and literally means: "High Hill." It was latter that the King of Ireland, named Brian, that it took the meaning of "High Noble."" Nov. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am not a person was born in the U.S. but i changed my name to brian, it is very cool name with good means." Jul. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I too was named after Brian Keith. Kinda funny. When I was younger I didn't like the name, but it sure beat my parent's original idea of combining my grandfathers' names (Jacob and Edward = Jayward). I love my name now. I named my second son Brian, but gave him a different middle name so he wouldn't be called Junior." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brian. Yes people do spell it wrong and say Bryan or Brain for some reason. I got my name from an actor named Brian Keith. Some reason my mother liked this guy when i was born in 1979 named Brian Keith for his acting or that he was hot. I would take it as he was hot..." Apr. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I meet people all the time with the name Brian, however sometimes you find those that spell it with a "y". I find it annoying when people assume I spell it with the Y, hello....its not RYAN. Regardless, it's a great name and I am very happy my parents chose it. My middle name is James, so as a kid i went by Bee-ggghh. A play on BJ." Mar. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is brian. He is 40 years old . He loves the name brian.There are 35,000 people in the world thet have the name brian it is a great name! : ) I love when he telles me story's at night time. They make me smile." Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "BRIAN IS AN AWESOME NAME my name is brian. You can't take out a letter with it still sounding like brian. -b rian -r bian -i bran -a brin -n bria" Sep. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriends name is Brian. He's really strong, in many ways. He plays lots of sports so he's physically strong. He's also very mentally strong, as he doesn't let what people say get to him. And the best strength i think he has is the strength to deal with me on a constant basis. Haha. Takes a lot to deal with me :P I love him to death." Jul. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE THE NAME BRIAN, ITS A VERY STRONG NAME-THE STRONG ONE IN IRISH. I WILL DEFINITELY NAME MY SON BRIAN. JUST LOVE THAT NAME." Apr. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "it means strong and I give it a strong thumbs up. also, a thumbs down to anyone who spells it the wrong way (with a Y)!" Jan. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a guy named brian, he lives across the street, from my old house. he skateboards alot." Jun. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is named Brian as well, and he was the oldest of 5 girls! I do remeber one time when I spelled it as "brain" and he teased me about it for awhile; however, he is a great dad and I gald to be his child." Apr. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is brian and i hate when peeps say Brain" Apr. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name! Actually it's my father's name and I find it really classy and important. However sometimes they mispell it as "Brain" on some of his pacage deliveries. He gets a kick out of it though!" Apr. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. I named him after someone, now deceased, whom I'd always thought very highly of. I like the name because its strong, classic, and staightforward, in addition to having a deep personal association for me." Mar. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes my name is brian and i like it alot. ive never nad anyone mispronounce it. and i do know alot of people named brian. there are 6 brians on my street" Feb. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son born in 01 is named Brian Allan Montgomery. Even with the popularity of the name I've only even known one other Brian. It's a good strong Irish name." Sep. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 1/2 yr old is named Brian and I love it. It is such a strong and handsome sounding name." Sep. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Brian - the love of my life is Brian & hearing his name is music to my ears!" Jul. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a beautiful Irish name...that is why it is popular!!" Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Guys that spell thair names with a Y as in Bryans are not cool. They are up tight and want to be as cool as they who spell it with an I > Brian, long live and love the Brians" Mar. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm glad everyone out there is trashing my name! It's a good name for an Irish boy such as myself, and I wouldn't trade it for anything except maybe a bucket filled with gold shillings." Sep. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "I was born Brian and I have never really liked it--I guess it's a good name for some but I've never felt like a Brian (I don't even like saying it)." Sep. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Terrible name! I named by son Matthew Brian just because it sounded good with Matthew. I've regretted it ever since - hate the name!" Jul. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend is a Brian, and it just seems like there are so many Brians out there. Two of my girlfriends have Brians for significant others...it's very over-used." Aug. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      31 Neutral Comments

  • "I don't understand why they say Bryan is the wrong way to spell b r i a n seems weird to me to me and I spelled my son's name Bryan. Middle name first name William bryan. he's never seem to have a problem with it. Fan asking the wrong way to spell it is rather an insult. My name is coral like in the ocean. Thats what i have to say 4 them to get it right.didnt there was a wrong way to spell a name.guess there is not that many creative people.and he's a firefighter so its nit a "not cool" way to spell it.it seemed ok,back in 1972 when he was born." Feb. 9, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Brian is very much a British name. I know it is of Irish origins, but I think most people associate it with Englishmen. When I hear the name I automatically assume the guy is British or Canadian." Jul. 20, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mans name is Brian an we have a son we named Braiden it has Brian in it an as you look at it the way the letters go spells BRAIdeN/ BRAIN. LOL crazy. Love both my Brains. There the best. An thats why I love the name Brian." Apr. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "WELL I LOVE THE NAME BRIAN BEACUSE I HAVE A BOYFRIEND NAMED BRIAN DEPOCKS AND HE SO VERY WONDERFUL AND I DON'T WANT TO LET HIM GO FOR SOME REASON LIKE WELL ANY WAY I JUST LOVE THAT NAME BRIAN OR SHALL I SAY BRIANDEPOCKS WELL ANY WAY BRIAN DEPOCKS AND KAYLA HECT ARE BOYFRIEND AND GIRLFRIEND SO YEAH AND THAT IS WHY I LOVE THAT NAME BRIAN." Mar. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "WELL I LOVE THE NAME BRIAN BEACUSE I HAVE A BOYFRIEND NAMED BRIAN DEPOCKS AND HE SO VERY WONDERFUL AND I DON'T WANT TO LET HIM GO FOR SOME REASON LIKE WELL ANY WAY I JUST LOVE THAT NAME BRIAN OR SHALL I SAY BRIANDEPOCKS WELL ANY WAY BRIAN DEPOCKS AND KAYLA HECT ARE BOYFRIEND AND GIRLFRIEND SO YEAH AND THAT IS WHY I LOVE THAT NAME BRIAN." Mar. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Has been my name for 38 years and very proud of it. The "Y or I" will always come up; Brain will be an auto correct or Heck, even I misspelled it, at least its a smart mistake! Either way, you can't go wrong with a name meaning Strong. Everything the meaning says is true about me. Very safe name and will last well past the trendy names. I hope I can do for my son what my parents did for me!" Jan. 7, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I once knew a guy named brian. He committed suicide and we used to call it "bruicide"" Dec. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "after reading all this, i feel surrealistically detached to my name and question my identity." Feb. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brian, and for some strange reason when people type emials to me they spell it as BRAIN, I think spelling the human "brain" just seems more subconciously acceptable as the way to spell it." Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the fact that my name is sometimes (often actually) spelled Brain. I was born in 1971, at the peak of the name's popularity. I remember at least three kids in every class sharing my name. They were nerds, and I guess so was I. We were all three always the smartest in the class." Dec. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brian and I was born in 1978. A funny story was that in the 80's, my Army uncle was over seas somewhere and he bought me a He-Man jacket. They stitched my name on the chest but spelled it Brain. I didn't realize it until later in life when I found it at my Grandmas house!" May. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's OK a lot of people spell it with a "Y" instead of an "I"" Jan. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Brian nor Bwian as Monty Python said it and since that movie I know I am next to godliness" Aug. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ever since I saw The Life Of Brian I know I was born "Next To Godliness" That is spelt BRIAN not BWian . o.k." Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brian and I was born May 17th 1978 in Minnesota. Growing up with this name, I'm neutral about it and to be honest I feel kind of awkward with it. It just, IMHO, seem like a little boy's name and I don't feel it is strong or masculine like David or Richard. For those wondering, Brian means High, Noble, Strong, Virtuous." Jul. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name ALOT. But I like it better spelled as BrYan (Bryan)." Jul. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dads name is Brian. I love the name Brian. NOT spelled like 'Bryan.'" Mar. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "pleasec how can iget the meaning of my sons name i have already given to you my emaill address i can still give it to you again brinvicky@yahoo.com please help me please" Jan. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "please i need the meaning of the name becaouse is my sons name please help me" Jan. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbands name is Brian & I guess he likes it.He was also born in the 70's (1976 to be exact) I like it, it's kind of a macho but careing guy name." Nov. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey my name is sarah and my boyfriends name is brian ......YAY WOOT WOOT TEEHEE cyaz lata homie g dogz" Oct. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's also my name and I was born in the mid-seventies (apparently when the name was at its height of popularity)." Aug. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a daddy named brian oldest out of the 4 he is the only boy as well" Mar. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is brian and i'm fine.i'm a good kid i'm 15" Oct. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It seems to work for me and sounds pretty darn good when my wife says it..." Sep. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name! I has the honor of naming my youngest brother "Brian Luke"" Jul. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a lad in my form who's called brian and i thought his name was soooooo weird but i guess it suits im becoz hes weird too :P he's rea;lly cute too!" Mar. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm biased because I use a secondary name more often. There are too many people with my name. It is constantly mispelled. and yes i use Brian. But I get Bryan, Brain, and now a new one Brayan. Not sure if it's purely the name or if people are getting dumber." Feb. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife has one sister (no brothers) and both married to Brian"s. We were born in the 1930's. Has been confusion at times but we live in different countries so not too bad except when we visit, and then it is a pain." Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our Brian was born in 91 and we know no other boys his age or younger with that name." Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Brian. He was born in the 1970s and his mom thought it was a unique name - however, just about half the guys we know who are our age are named Brian. He hates having the same name as everyone else." Aug. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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