Sounds like brain.
I used to think this name was terribly handsome. Now I just think it's okay. It's not a bad name.
Too close to brain.
Brian Kemp the governor of Georgia.
Brian Jacques (June 15, 1939 - February 5, 2011) was an English children's novelist. Jacques is known primarily for his Redwall series of novels. The 22nd and final novel of the series, The Rogue Crew, was published posthumously in May 2011.
Tracy Morgan played Brian Fellow, host of Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet, on Saturday Night Live.
I hate it, it sounds ugly and hideous.
Brian Saviano AKA Bricks O, Brian, is a youtuber mainly known for Minecraft.
Really handsome name! There's no reason for people to hate it. It's just common, but who cares?! I actually prefer this over Bryan.
I don’t know if anybody mentioned him, but you also have Brian Krakow from My So-Called Life.
Captain Brian Bishop operated Eastwind flight 517, a Boeing 737 that experienced rudder hardovers in flight, in which the plane rolls abruptly and uncontrollably. Captain Bishop brought the situation under control and landed in Richmond without fatalities nor major injuries. His experience with the issue helped the investigator understand two previous incidents involving the same type of aircraft, both of which, unfortunately, resulted in the loss of all onboard.
Some middle names:
Brian Benjamin
Brian Ryland
Brian Innard
Brian Aleck
Brian Noah.
Brian Jones! The founder of The Rolling Stones.
The actor Brian Keith (1921-1997), most famous for playing "Uncle Bill" on the sitcom "Family Affair" in the USA between 1966 and 1971, had a major influence on the popularity of this name in the USA during the late 1960s and 1970s. When I was doing my first research on name frequency in Michigan back in the 1970s, when I could still look at actual birth certificates and see first and middle name combinations, it was amazing how often "Brian Keith" showed up. I don't know if people were deliberately naming sons after the actor, or if they had decided on Brian as a first name and chose "Keith" as the middle without realizing why it sounded good to them, but it certainly happened way more often than chance alone could account for.
Actually in northern England Brian was introduced by Norse settlers with connections to the Vikings who settled in Ireland. They adopted the name out of admiration for Brian Boru, even though he was their enemy, and brought it with them to Cumberland and Yorkshire in northern England before the Bretons came along with the Normans in 1066. [noted -ed]
Gross, what a horrible, ugly, and disgusting name- no wonder it’s popular.
Not a fan at all! Just ugly!
Very uninteresting name.
Brian Hawkins is a character in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin.
Always...look on...the bri-ight side of life! (The Life of Brian)
Love love love it! Has a good sound to it.
Handsome, although a little too common.
This is a timeless name that I'd personally consider for a child, if I ever had one. It's my father's name, and it's also the name of several of my favorite musicians (Brian Molko, Brian Eno, Marilyn Manson). I've always preferred this spelling, too, although "Bryan" is also nice. This spelling just looks softer to me.
Two popular artists named Brian in smooth jazz - keyboardist Brian Culbertson and guitarist Brian Hughes.
Also, there is smooth jazz pianist Brian Simpson.
I have always LOVED the name Brian. It’s my deceased older brother’s name and it fit him perfectly. It’s just a solid name for a man...handsome, bold, adventurous, kind, gregarious...yep, that’s my big brother! Love and miss you brother B!
Dr Brian Harold May, CBE ARCS, Queen guitarist, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist.
Brian Molko of Placebo.
Marilyn Manson's real name is Brian.
I’m okay with both Brian and Bryan.
Oops! You spelled Bryan wrong. This name is spelled far too similar to brain. Doesn't matter to me that Bryan is a variant of this spelling, I still think the y spelling is better.
Brian Kennedy is an Irish singer who represented his country at 2006 Eurovision with "Every Song Is A Cry For Love". He qualified from the semi final and cracked the Top 10. His song (whilst in the semi final) was also the 1,000th song ever played in the Eurovision.
Brian is a dad name with a dad bod.
Brian Johnson can be referred as the brain from The Breakfast Club or the singer from AC/DC.
Guys, in my opinion Brian means very noble.
In 2018, 38 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Brian who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 23rd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
Sounds very boring.
Brian P. Kemp is the Secretary of State of Georgia (the US state, that is).
Q from the hidden-camera TV show Impractical Jokers has the first name Brian.
Original Irish pronunciation is BREE-ən. [noted -ed]
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.
I'm shook that none of y'all didn't mention Brian Welch, one of Korn's guitarists!
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.
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.
Brian Johnson of AC/DC.
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.
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).
This name always seemed kind of plain to me, but I neither love it or hate it.
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'.
Related to the Welsh name Bryn, also meaning hill.
King Brian of the Leprechauns in Disney's 1959 film, 'Darby O'Gill and the Little People'.
Brian is an awesome name for a guy! It's one of my fave Irish names. ^_^ ♥.
The name Brian means the person is: strong and has virtue. It is Irish Gaelic.
Brian Selznick is an American illustrator and writer.
Brian Zeller is a crime scene investigator on the televsion series "Hannibal."
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.
Brian Kingston is a character in Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey spin-off book called The Lost Prince.
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): is another soundbit, at the very bottom of the page:
Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys.
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.
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.
Brian O'Driscoll is the Irish rugby captain.
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.
A very trustworthy name, but I don't like the sound of it. It's the 'br' at the beginning.
So boring. I don't like it at all.
I like it, but I prefer "Bryan."
Famous bearer is Brian Cox.
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.
I just don't like it. Sounds ugly.
Brian Ebejer is the real name of Edsel Dope, the founder and lead vocalist of the metal band Dope.
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".
Nothing wrong with it besides for the tedious use.
Are you serious!? no one remembers Brian May? a member of the band Queen!? the only band in the world?!
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.
Awesome name for strong and nice guy. Just great!
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.
A famous bearer is director Brian DePalma.
Brian Elwin Haner Jr. is the name of the lead guitarist of metal band, Avenged Sevenfold.
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.
In Albanian
So the man had horns in his head, like the Vikings. So it was a nickname.
Vikings. Did. Not. Have. Horns. On. Their. Helmets. That image was a Victorian romanticism again.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The traditional pronunciation is Bree-in. kind of dislike the name either way. Though I like the history of the name through Brian Boru.
I think that this is a very nice name for a boy.
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.
Brian sounds like a smart, rich doctor's name. Very handsome, I love this name.
Brian Joubert - French figure skater. Actually French form of 'Brian' should be 'Bryan', but Joubert prefers to spell his name in 'an English way'.
To be honest I think it's quite boring. And who could call a baby Brian?
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
Famous bearer: Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager.
I like this name. It is not common which is nice. It reminds me of a strong, brave person.
I like it, but it's very common where I am.
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.
Most of the Brians I've met in my time had red hair. Funny how things work like that sometimes.
*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.
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. :)
This name is so sexy. I love it. ;D.
Brian Krause played the character "Leo" on Charmed.
Brian Doerksen is a Christian music artist.
Brian Kinney was the character everyone wanted to sleep with on Queer as Folk.
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.
Brian Warner is Marilyn Manson´s real name.
A famous bearer is Brian Molko, frontman of band Placebo.
I think this is one of the most noble names in the world.
I have always liked the name Brian. It is a strong, handsome male name. A timeless classic.
Famous bearer is sex offender/internet superstar Brian Peppers of Lucas County, Ohio.
This is such a hot name!
Could also be another variation of the word brAIn, as in having a brain = being smart.
Uh, I doubt it.
Brian is the name of the intelligent, talking dog on the cartoon TV show "Family Guy".
A character in the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, Albus Percival Wulfric BRIAN Dumbledore.
This is my dad's name. I think the name Brian sounds strong and brave.

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