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Also an ancient Greek name from the ancient Greek word "briaros", meaning "sturdy". In Greek mythology Briareos was one of the Giants.
-- Damis  3/4/2005
Briar Rose was the name of Sleeping Beauty when she was in hiding.
-- breakofday  12/30/2005
Actually it wasn't Sleeping Beauty's name when she was in hiding - that's Disney's version.

When she fell asleep a big thorny bush grew around the kingdom and in the surrounding kingdoms there grew rumors of a beautiful girl inside that kingdom who was named Briar Rose because of the big thorny bush.
-- StevieGrl  3/8/2008
Travis Barker and his wife Shanna were going to name their daughter Briar, but they chose to name her Alabama instead.
-- trayc53  8/22/2006
Name of a main character in a series of Tamora Pierce novels.
-- decline3  9/4/2006
Briar doesn't sound like a female name to me.
-- GroovyLady  10/2/2006
Briar doesn't sound like a name at all to me. It sounds like something you use to build houses.
-- Tango  12/12/2006
This is beautiful. I've always liked this name, I just don't know why.
-- dreadfulxsorry  1/27/2007
My older sister is named Bryarly, an old family name (she was named after my great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother). We can only assume that her name came from the word Briar, but we are not sure. We've been told it was a Welsh name.
-- doodlebug  4/21/2007
It would be pretty if their middle name was Rose.
-- smurphul  11/3/2007
I love this name I think I'd spell it Bryar "BRY-er". I think it sounds cooler. :)
-- carly_ann  2/13/2008
This name sounds utterly masculine to me, and I can't imagine it on girls. It's an okay name for males, even if a bit harsh-sounding, but it's far too masculine for females, even the tomboyish girls and androgynous women. Both syllables sound masculine, so I'd say this is a harsh-ish name for guys and an ugly name for females.
-- slight night shiver  5/17/2008
I can't stand this name. Whenever I hear it, it just brings to mind a thornbush. Anyone considering naming their baby girl Briar, make sure you know what it means.
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2008
Out of all the nature names, this one has to be the worst! It has a harsh, ugly sound to it when spoken aloud, and secondly, who would name their child after a thornbush?
-- Anonymous User  8/28/2008
I love the name Briar, and I love the Tamora Pierce character. It's a nice name, and I can see how it could be a girl's name. Then again, one of my stories has a girl named Briar Rose in it, sooo...
-- mousey  9/2/2008
I love the name, but not on its own. I think if you combine it with something softer (like Rose, from Sleeping Beauty for example) it makes the name more interesting; it makes the name edgier. Like a soft, beautiful rose that has its thorny, tough side. I think that would create a gorgeous symbolism and encourage a strength in the bearer.
-- Gillza1502  11/4/2008
My husband and I have decided to name our first born daughter Briar Rose. We find Briar Rose both delicate and edgy, and it doesn't hurt she'll continue the middle name namesake with Rose. Also, for all of those who worry about teasing, having a unique and powerful name steeped in rich culture and history is an asset. Bullies will tease for any name, and it helps build character and a sense of self.
-- Gothiclovesick  5/3/2009
To me "Briar" looks more masculine and "Brier" looks more feminine. I somewhat agree with those who wrote about the plant being an undesirable namesake, but I also take guilty pleasure in this name, maybe because of the Sleeping Beauty associations, but I really can't explain why. As a matter of fact, when I was younger I wanted to name my daughter Sweetbrier, like the flower. I don't find this name so objectionable.
-- Anonymous User  9/7/2009
I disagree with the people who say Briar cannot be a girl's name. It does sound a bit rough, but those comments kinda hurt my feelings considering my name happens to be Briar Rose, and I'm a girl. :( To those who say its an incredibly masculine name, I get complements all the time on how pretty it is. So there :P.
-- xbriarbearx  2/28/2010
To me it's not exactly the nicest name, but if I did happen to use it, it would be for a girl. Never ever for a boy (it reminds me of Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty and I don't think a boy would appreciate having the same name as a Disney princess).
-- Anonymous User  6/20/2010
I think I like this name... I just came across it here at BTN, and I find myself warming up to it. There are few little girls who didn't like Sleeping Beauty back in the day, so that might be why I enjoy it. And because of the Disney association, I can't see it on a boy; it's much more feminine to me. Nonetheless, it's a very uncommon but sweet name. A nice choice for any parent considering this for their daughter. :)
-- Hannah_E  7/21/2010
Bryarly is an English surname, from the name of a town which means "Briar clearing" in Old English.

It is still in common use.
-- keepitreal  1/22/2011
I LOVE this name! I say it like BRY-er, and I think it is so pretty. It being a princess's name just makes it ten times better! I can see a really cute little girl with this name and a very pretty grown woman with the name as well:)
-- gabbygrace1915  2/6/2011
I feel this is a very masculine name.
I have a younger brother by this name and he is a very masculine person.
-- MarindaB  3/21/2011
I didn't know this was a male name. I've always associated it with girls, and it sounds uber girly to me. It's an adorable name!
-- krisscouture  4/8/2011
I suppose it's an okay name for either sex, though it's not the best by far. It goes along the same lines as names like "Sage" or "Lilac", which, again, aren't the best, but aren't the worst.
-- Black_X  7/28/2011
I've always known Briar to be a masculine name so I was very surprised to see so many people who prefer it for a girl. I think it's entirely too harsh for a girl. Besides, it's only one letter away from being Brian.
-- GibsonGirl  9/15/2011
If I named my daughter Briar Rose, I would probably mostly call her Rose and sometimes call her Briar Rose, but probably never just Briar.
-- Liesl  10/5/2011
I love this name, it's got a unique balance, on the one hand a princess name but it isn't frilly or commercial, in fact it's legitimately unisex.

But I do think it leans on the feminine side even without the princess thing. It has sleek womanly feel like Margot, Petra or Simone, but with the nickname Bry to give it some youth.

My biggest concern is writing it, if you're sloppy that last r could easily look like an n.
-- Vesey  11/14/2011
I love this name, but not on its own. Sleeping Beauty has always been my favourite Disney film and Rose has always been my favorite name. If I ever have a daughter I had been planning on naming her Rose but I didn't think it looked as nice on its own so I was thinking about Rosalie. But now I will name her Briar Rose and call her Rose for short. Xx.
-- Grace_Scarlette  4/13/2012
The name Briar was given to 188 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
When I started college in 1999 I met a girl named Briar. I had never heard the name before and I thought it was the most gorgeous and beautiful name I'd ever heard in my life. Fast forward to 2010 and my husband and I were expecting a girl, I wanted to name her Briar, but my husband hated it. So we settled on Brooke, which to me was a good compromise because it likewise reflects nature and starts with "Br." But I never forgot that name. I still think it's beautiful.
-- AdrienneA3  10/10/2013
I love this name. It's offbeat and unusual and strong — You know, thorns aren't actually a bad thing, just means your not naïve.

It's unisex. But I think the nature makes it perfect for that. Briarose could work, if you wanted it to be more feminine, or Briar Rose as a double first name. I guess you could hyphenate it too, Briar-Rose.
-- Eievie  1/1/2014
My name is BRIAR and if I'm honest, I love my name. I grew up with everyone saying it was unusual and that they've never heard of it before. I still get asked now where it was from.

It's true, my mother did name me after the Disney tale of Sleeping Beauty although I look nothing like the princess. But I think my name suits my personality. Briar obviously means a wild rose bush but think about it: A rose is delicate and beautiful, and it's also a sign of love. But it protects itself with thorns so that not just anyone can come along and pick it. This name suits someone who is loving and kind and cares about those who surround them, but also to someone who knows the cruel realities of life and can be strong where necessary.

(PS. It is a wonderful girls name. I used to be the only 'Briar' around and now there are quite a few young girls with the name too).
-- Briar  6/16/2014

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