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Gender Masculine
Usage French, Breton
Pronounced Pron. BREE-AHK(French) BREE-ahk(Breton)  [key]
Other Forms FormsBriach, Briag, Briec, Brieg, Brieuc, Brieug, Brieve/Briavel, Brioc, Briocus (Latinized)

Meaning & History

From a Brythonic name derived from the Celtic element *brigo "high, noble, mighty". As such this name can be viewed as a Breton cognate of Brian. In the case of Saint Briac, who arrived in Brittany with Saint Tugdual circa 548, this was a short form of the old Welsh name Briafael.
Added 4/5/2008 by AndrewJKD
Edited 11/26/2014 by Frollein Gladys, SeaHorse15 and AndrewJKD