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Pronounced Pron. BREE-ahk
Other Forms FormsBriach, Briag, Briec, Brieg, Brieuc, Brieug, Brieve/Briavel, Brioc, Briocus (Latinized)
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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