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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.
― Anonymous User  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
I had a friend named Briar-Rose her name was inspired by Sleeping Beauty. As was mine. I'm Aurora-Rose. They are rare names but that's what makes us who we are. I hope the name Briar will live on... My Briar was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and passed away two years ago on October 23rd.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2014
My name is Briar. I absolutely despise it. I am a guy and constantly use pseudonyms to avoid it.
BriarTheEnigma  1/9/2015
We named our son Briar after the Liam Neeson character in the the 1989 movie "Next of Kin". Liam's character was a strong, family oriented individual that stood for what was right. His name does get confused with Brian alot, so we write his first name in capitals a lot of the time to avoid confusion. He likes his name because it is unique.
Bamm21  2/13/2015
I love this name, it's very unusual and somewhat exotic sounding, but also very pretty. I would consider spelling this differently, because it can very easily be confused with Brian. I don't like this name as much for a male, it's alright but sounds too feminine.
Kathy D.  3/31/2015
What a lovely, unique name. Briar is a pretty special name for a person to have! :)
― Anonymous User  4/9/2015
My name is Briar, I'm female, English, and was born in 1963 - so I think I may be the first ever! I've never met another so it's nice to see here that I'm not alone after all! It seems to be a 'new world' name, for the 'younger' generation, where masculine and feminine names are often interchangeable or the reverse of the European version.

I hated it growing up as no one had ever heard of it. They tended to think they'd heard Brian or seen a spelling mistake - which still regularly happens. People in administration tend to assume it's a spelling mistake and change it to Brian and put me on masculine lists or address me as Mr. - this really irritates and can be very inconvenient if I have to get official documents changed. I have spent my life explaining it - my mother simply loved the name of the wild rose (though her father called me Bramble!)

I see many comments considering the name to sound masculine - I suppose this could be the sound, or perhaps it depends on whether they picture the rose or the thorn! In the days when men smoked pipes they often remarked that I must be named after a pipe, as they are traditionally made of Briar wood (which misleadingly is from the Heather plant and nothing to do with the Briar bush).

The Briar plant has beautifully delicate pale pink roses in early summer followed by rich orangey-red hips in autumn (renowned for their high Vit C content), on a system of tough roots and stems - which should be handled with care due to its sharp thorns!

As an adult I've grown to appreciate being original and it certainly means I never get confused with anyone else!
― Anonymous User  4/12/2015
Bryarly - old Welsh Surname
Brierly/Bryerley - old English surname.
Bryony - Irish girls' first name - origin Greek - from the plant BryoniaBryher - A Scilly Isle of the south coast of UK
Briar - a relatively new first name, more common in new world countries, which seems to be used for both boys and girls in the States.

Briar translates as Eglantine in French, an old name, little used today.
― Anonymous User  4/12/2015
Hayden Christensen (from Star Wars) and Rachel Bilson (from Hart of Dixie) named their daughter Briar Rose Christensen.
emilydominko  4/15/2015
I named my daughter Briar McKinzey. People LOVE it! She gets compliments almost daily on her name. I don't see it as a boy's name at all. Personally, if I were a boy, I'd be upset if my name was at all associated with a Disney princess. Just sayin'...
saylor52  8/23/2015
It's fiesty, original, unique. It's interesting. I love it.
al84  9/24/2015
My name is Briar Louise and I'm a girl. I love my name, I always get compliments on it.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2015
I just named my daughter Briar and I absolutely adore it. I have wanted to name a daughter Briar since I was in 7th grade - I wrote a short story and named the main character Briar. I can't remember how I came across the name in the first place (I'm assuming it was from Sleeping Beauty), but it has stuck with me for 20 years. I have always felt that it was incredibly feminine and can't imagine it for a boy. She has an older sister named Ava and I think the sibling names play off each other beautifully.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2016
I prefer this name for a male. Briar is currently on the list among boys, ranked at #998 (something around that)

Though honestly, it depends how you say the name so I guess it can go both ways

Bry-er: male
Bree-are: Female.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2016
My name is Briar and my middle name is Rose. I get asked everyday about my name. Mixed reviews! The plus is that you're always the only one in the room with that name lol!
Briarrosex3  9/8/2016
I grew up loving Sleeping Beauty, maybe that's why I'm drawn to this name. I think that it's super adorable, plus it's rare. I would love to have a daughter with this name. Of course it would fully be "Briar Rose".
TrinHarris  10/10/2016
I love the name Briar for a girl, it's so pretty and Briar Rose was Sleeping Beauty's name. I would consider naming my baby girl Briar and Rose for a middle name:)❤️.
Charleyboobear  5/7/2017
The name Briar was given to 353 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017

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