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This is my dad's name. I think the name Brian sounds strong and brave.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
A character in the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, Albus Percival Wulfric BRIAN Dumbledore.
ditchvictory  10/2/2005
Brian is the name of the intelligent, talking dog on the cartoon TV show "Family Guy".
― Anonymous User  12/18/2005
Could also be another variation of the word brAIn, as in having a brain = being smart.
G0B  12/22/2005
Uh, I doubt it.
Emmasj  3/8/2007
This is such a hot name!
MusicRat  1/1/2006
Famous bearer is sex offender/internet superstar Brian Peppers of Lucas County, Ohio.
― Anonymous User  1/25/2006
I have always liked the name Brian. It is a strong, handsome male name. A timeless classic.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
I think this is one of the most noble names in the world.
Xandaerin  4/27/2006
A famous bearer is Brian Molko, frontman of band Placebo.
viper  5/28/2006
Brian Warner is Marilyn Manson´s real name.
Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
Well, there's Queen guitarist Brian May. And then there's always Monty Python's Life of Brian, in which Graham Chapman plays the title role of Brian.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2006
Brian Kinney was the character everyone wanted to sleep with on Queer as Folk.
Marauder  11/9/2006
Brian Doerksen is a Christian music artist.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2006
Brian Krause played the character "Leo" on Charmed.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2006
This name is so sexy. I love it. ;D.
FyreHydenGirth  11/24/2006
I love the name - but I cannot forget my mum's friend. When he was born there was a typing error on his birth certificate which has never been changed. His legal name is Brain. But everyone calls him Brian. :)
― Anonymous User  1/19/2007
Most of the Brians I've met in my time had red hair. Funny how things work like that sometimes.
― Anonymous User  2/14/2007
*sighs, exasperated* No, things don't work out like that. I've never met a Brian with red hair. I don't really like this name much.
Bellula  7/30/2007
I love it. It makes me think of guitars. I love guitars :D I love this name, and every Brian I've ever met has had dark hair, I've only seen one with blonde hair. Brians rule.
a_lovers_charm  4/10/2007
I like it, but it's very common where I am.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2007
I like this name. It is not common which is nice. It reminds me of a strong, brave person.
CharlieRob  5/10/2007
Famous bearer: Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2007
I found this website that lists Bible verses in association with each name. The actual denotation of each name is nowhere near as accurate as BTN, but I thought the verse thing was cool. Verse for Brian is Psalm 49:3. See result by searching for Brian at or, for an easier translation of the Bible verse, search for Psalm 49 on
a_lovers_charm  7/19/2007
To be honest I think it's quite boring. And who could call a baby Brian?
helenus  7/30/2007
Brian Joubert - French figure skater. Actually French form of 'Brian' should be 'Bryan', but Joubert prefers to spell his name in 'an English way'.
Ghanima  8/5/2007
Brian sounds like a smart, rich doctor's name. Very handsome, I love this name.
applemilk  9/8/2007
Famous bearer, well, perhaps! Monty Python's Life of Brian. If you don't know it, you should. One of the great comedy classics of all time.
Anneza  10/31/2007
I think that this is a very nice name for a boy.
aquaspirit96  1/9/2008
The traditional pronunciation is Bree-in.

I kind of dislike the name either way. Though I like the history of the name through Brian Boru.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2008
Brian Littrell is one of the Backstreet boys! He is so cute, funny and kind! His voice is angelic, too! He is the cousin of another Backstreet boy, Kevin, who is a total hottie. LOL.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2008
I can't believe that nobody's mentioned Brian Jacques! He's the author of the Redwall series, as well as a good many other books. He lives in Liverpool, England (giving us all just one more reason to love that place).
Pippin  3/16/2008
This name is borne by English actor Brian Capron (born February 11, 1947). He is best known for his role as serial killer Richard Hillman in the British soap opera "Coronation Street" from 2001 to 2003. He also starred as Jerry McKenzie on the British soap opera "EastEnders" from 1993 to 1994.
AndrewJKD  4/1/2008
This name seemed to be popular some time ago, but it has faded out of popularity, apparently. The only Brians I know are both grownups. If I ever have kids, I might name a boy Brian, because of Brian May from Queen and my grandfather, whose name is Brian. At first I couldn't imagine calling a kid Brian, but now I can somewhat. It sounds nice.
Pippin  4/19/2008
You can't really go wrong with this name. I can imagine this name on pretty much every sort of guy, including the fat and ugly ones. The name seems suitable for different races as well. It's a nice enough name that shouldn't lead to bullying or discrimination, and it ages well, but it is also hideosly common and totally overused, and has been for a long time. I have a feeling this might just be one of those names that unloving parents have lazily picked for their son. I associate the name with mostly decent people, like Brian Eno, whose 70s and 80s ambient music I love. Of course, this does also remind me of Brian Warner, better known as Marilyn Manson, who I have always considered a jerk. But well, there are plenty of Brians out there.
slight night shiver  5/17/2008
In Albanian
So the man had horns in his head, like the Vikings. So it was a nickname.
lazaros  7/3/2008
Vikings. Did. Not. Have. Horns. On. Their. Helmets. That image was a Victorian romanticism again.
910  10/31/2009
I know Brian Mcfadden as a Westlife lad. Also he doesn't sing with the other lads anymore, I still love him. He is blond, tall, and funny. He is a good solo singer, too.
Ghazal  7/9/2008
Brian Elwin Haner Jr. is the name of the lead guitarist of metal band, Avenged Sevenfold.
YourAchillesHeel  7/28/2008
A famous bearer is director Brian DePalma.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2009
I love this name. Really. It sounds so elegant and gentle, without sounding utterly effeminate. And it's not too common these days, so that's a plus.
Golden Phoenix  3/28/2009
Awesome name for strong and nice guy. Just great!
Ravynne  8/18/2009
I can't believe no one's mentioned Brian Viglione! He's best known as one half the Brechtian Punk Cabaret band, the Dresden Dolls, along with Amanda Palmer.
Sophannagh  9/20/2009
Are you serious!? no one remembers Brian May? a member of the band Queen!? the only band in the world?!
lillyanna  10/17/2009
Nothing wrong with it besides for the tedious use.
Kerules  11/1/2009
A famous bearer is American actor Brian Baumgartner (born November 29, 1972). He's best known for his role as Kevin Malone on the United States version of "The Office" and the web series spinoff "The Office: Accountants".
AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
Brian Ebejer is the real name of Edsel Dope, the founder and lead vocalist of the metal band Dope.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2010
I just don't like it. Sounds ugly.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2010
A famous bearer is American television writer and producer Brian Hargrove (born 2 April 1956). Amongst his numerous TV credits include "Caroline in the City", "Wanda at Large", and "Titus". He's also well-known for being the partner of actor David Hyde Pierce.
AndrewJKD  7/2/2010
Famous bearer is Brian Cox.
BonVoyage  10/15/2010
I like it, but I prefer "Bryan."
Dawson  10/31/2010
So boring. I don't like it at all.
Chrila96  11/28/2010
A very trustworthy name, but I don't like the sound of it. It's the 'br' at the beginning.
Louska  3/10/2011
This is one of the few names I have a real hatred of. I've never in person met a Brian who wasn't vitriolic or dull as dish water respectively, and somehow they all seem to be mentally lacking in some way of form. It doesn't help that my hands type Brain automatically rather than Brian... and Brain's probably the better name! But... Brian Blessed is delightfully terrifyingly mad and possibly the loudest man in the world, so that's one connotation I can stomach.

Incidentally, I just read it's used as a French surname, and at least in that context is derived from the Old Occitan word 'Brian' which means "maggot"... very obscure and backwards connotation... but what a HIDEOUS! association. It's put me even more off of the name, unfortunately.
Amara L.  6/7/2011
Brian O'Driscoll is the Irish rugby captain.
dizzydoll  7/17/2011
The idea that Brian Ború was any kind of savior stems from the questionable and propagandistic Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib. Historically, it seems that he was only a tyrant who sought to establish a national monarchy by bloodshed against Norseman and Irishman alike. Before Brian was born, Norsemen raided Ireland for a few years, their camps became a few cities and these Norsemen became assimilated into Irish life and culture to whatever degree. Ironically, the only conquest in this episode was the one attempted by Brian himself.
Luguberos  8/16/2011
I know Brian as primarily an Irish name, so naturally I like it. I prefer BRIAN to any other variant spelling such as Bryan. I think of a tall, strong, attractive Irish man. I have only known one Brian, but actually it was Bryan instead.
GibsonGirl  8/18/2011
Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys.
Ranchie  11/13/2012
Brian Cox is a famous "scientist" who makes a mockery of his blessed name. I do not like Brian Cox for his disbelief in any deity, and more importantly, he does not see me as his God's representative on this planet. He explains the solar system and the universe without attributing the vast emptiness of space to the great Creator. This is one man I will not let enter my holy place.
Pope Benedict XVI  12/11/2012
The proper Irish pronunciation of the name is: BREE-ən, not BRIE-ən.

Here you can listen to how a native Irish speaker from Cork pronounces the name (scroll down a bit on the page):

Here is another soundbit, at the very bottom of the page:
Lucille  2/11/2013
Brian Kingston is a character in Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey spin-off book called The Lost Prince.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2014
Brian is a fine name, though lacking in a distinct allure. I don't despise it, but it is not a personal favorite. I think that the right personality paired with certain names can heighten appeal.
Francesca  6/26/2014
Brian Selznick is an American illustrator and writer.
hkols  11/2/2014
Brian Zeller is a crime scene investigator on the televsion series "Hannibal."
hkols  11/2/2014
The name Brian means the person is: strong and has virtue. It is Irish Gaelic.
Allison Grace  2/19/2015
Brian is an awesome name for a guy! It's one of my fave Irish names. ^_^ ♥.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2015
King Brian of the Leprechauns in Disney's 1959 film, 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People'.
Feorsteorra  7/21/2015
Related to the Welsh name Bryn, also meaning hill.
― Anonymous User  9/1/2015
Brian Donovan (born 1967) is an American voice actor. He is best known voicing Rock Lee in 'Naruto' and Daisuke "Davis" Motomiya in 'Digimon Adventure 02'.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2015
This name always seemed kind of plain to me, but I neither love it or hate it.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2016
This is also the name of a character from a game called Quest 64. It works well too, since he himself is held in high regard, being the main character with lots of magical powers.

I'm not sure his other names in various languages give the same impression. He isn't straight royalty in the game, but is however living in a Monastery, and the game treats him similar to a Druid by design (nature-based powers, albeit, with Fire, Wind, Water, and Earth, but they do come from nature).
Hydronix  3/28/2016
This is my favourite boy's name. There is so much strength and charm in it. But I strongly dislike the Bryan spelling. I don't know why, since I love Ryan too.
HerculePoirot  10/18/2016
Brian Johnson of AC/DC.
ERK  1/7/2017
Brian Joubert is a French figure skater. He is the 2007 World champion, a three-time European champion, an eight-time French National champion, and the 2006-7 Grand Prix Final champion. In total, he is a six-time World medalist, a ten-time European medalist, and competed in four Winter Olympics for France.
cutenose  1/12/2017
Brian Allen Brushwood is an American magician, podcaster, author, lecturer and comedian. Brushwood is known for the series Scam School, a show where he teaches the audience entertaining tricks at bars so they can "scam" a free drink from their friends. In addition to Scam School Brushwood co-hosts the podcasts Weird Things with Andrew Mayne and Justin Robert Young, Cordkillers with Tom Merritt and Night Attack with Young. Brushwood was also a regular guest on the This Week in Tech podcast. Brushwood performs his Bizarre Magic stage show across the United States and is the author of six books. Brushwood also co-hosts a YouTube show along with Jason Murphy called The Modern Rogue. Brushwood has appeared on national television numerous times including on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CNN and Food Network.
cutenose  5/19/2017
I'm shook that none of y'all didn't mention Brian Welch, one of Korn's guitarists!
hazed-pastel  7/25/2017
Brian Ching is the managing director of the Houston Dash. An American retired professional soccer player, Ching played for twelve years in Major League Soccer and represented the U.S. national team for eight years.
lilolaf  7/28/2017
Original Irish pronunciation is BREE-ən. [noted -ed]
Nifty_Name_Nerd  8/30/2017
Q from the hidden-camera TV show Impractical Jokers has the first name Brian.
MarioDM02  2/16/2018

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