Brian

Brian - A very unique male name



  Jul 21,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Brian, meaning strong, virtuous, and honorable, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1916 on position #1567. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Brian and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Brian? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Brian. The baby boy name Brian was given to 2,790 baby boys in 2012, ranking #140 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 588 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Brian peaked in popularity 49 years ago in 1970 on position 8.



Famous with this name

Brian Koppelman
Brian Tyler
Brian Helgeland


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Brian is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Brian is currently topping the baby name charts in New York at position #94 - and is the least popular in Hawaii at position #298.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Brian is where you live.


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Brian origin and meaning

Brian is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means strong, virtuous, and honorable. To see famous people named Brian, pop culture references for the name Brian and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Brian

We've found the following names that sound similar to Brian, sorted by popularity.

Bryan / Byron / Brennan / Brayan / Barney / Bryon / Bruno / Brennen / Bernie / Brain /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012140
2011122
2010101
200994
200887
200781
200672
200563
200459
200359
200251
200146
200043
199943
199841
199737
199636
199536
199437
199334
199231
199130
199027
198924
198822
198720
198620
198518
198417
198314
198214
198114
198012
197910
19789
19778
19768
19758
19748
19738
19728
19719
19708
19699
196810
196710
196614
196519
196420
196320
196220
196120
196020
195922
195824
195726
195632
195540
195448
195353
195264
195174
195079
194986
194895
194795
1946103
1945116
1944118
1943120
1942140
1941154
1940163
1939179
1938207
1937233
1936296
1935352
1934408
1933461
1932531
1931608
1930671
1929566
1928619
1927874
1926967
1925876
19241811
19231583
19211762
19201262
19161567

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
New York94
New Jersey98
Connecticut104
Massachusetts108
Maryland109
Illinois110
California111
Rhode Island113
Florida115
New Hampshire122
Pennsylvania123
Georgia133
Delaware135
Virginia135
North Carolina137
Ohio147
Washington150
Kentucky155
Nevada156
Louisiana156
New Mexico159
District of Columbia160
Texas160
West Virginia160
Kansas161
Mississippi162
Alabama166
Indiana171
South Carolina177
Missouri178
Tennessee178
Nebraska181
Arizona198
Wisconsin205
Idaho207
Oregon214
Michigan223
Minnesota231
Oklahoma232
Colorado239
Utah241
Arkansas258
Iowa262
Montana267
Hawaii298

Even more about Brian


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Brian a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Brian?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1970
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Brian
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 588
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1916
2012 births +2,790

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