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1.2m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Brian

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: High, noble
  • #31 All Time
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375k Bryan (English)
242k Brianna (Irish)
91k Briana (Irish)
20k Brianne (American)
1k Bryanne (American)
< 1k Breahna (American)

How popular is the name "Brian" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1909 5 0 5
1911 7 0 7
1912 6 0 6
1913 14 0 14
1914 11 0 11
1915 21 0 21
1916 17 0 17
1917 14 0 14
1918 12 0 12
1919 14 0 14
1920 32 0 32
1921 34 0 34
1922 31 0 31
1923 35 0 35
1924 38 0 38
1925 59 0 59
1926 48 0 48
1927 74 0 74
1928 106 0 106
1929 111 0 111
1930 91 0 91
1931 95 0 95
1932 120 0 120
1933 150 0 150
1934 187 0 187
1935 254 0 254
1936 344 0 344
1937 519 0 519
1938 609 0 609
1939 808 0 808
1940 1,011 0 1,011
1941 1,123 0 1,123
1942 1,521 0 1,521
1943 1,960 10 1,950
1944 1,953 0 1,953
1945 1,996 5 1,991
1946 2,594 8 2,586
1947 3,461 12 3,449 #95 boy name
1948 3,364 6 3,358 #95 boy name
1949 3,860 6 3,854 #86 boy name
1950 4,456 5 4,451 #79 boy name
1951 5,110 8 5,102 #74 boy name
1952 5,752 13 5,739 #64 boy name
1953 6,662 10 6,652 #54 boy name
1954 8,096 12 8,084 #48 boy name
1955 10,129 23 10,106 #40 boy name
1956 14,670 20 14,650 #33 boy name
1957 17,533 26 17,507 #26 boy name
1958 19,300 39 19,261 #24 boy name
1959 20,778 39 20,739 #22 boy name
1960 22,053 53 22,000 #20 boy name
1961 22,594 39 22,555 #20 boy name
1962 23,304 60 23,244 #20 boy name
1963 24,181 55 24,126 #20 boy name
1964 24,265 63 24,202 #20 boy name
1965 24,630 71 24,559 #19 boy name
1966 27,364 89 27,275 #14 boy name
1967 28,768 104 28,664 #10 boy name
1968 30,055 105 29,950 #10 boy name
1969 31,838 130 31,708 #9 boy name
1970 32,091 148 31,943 #8 boy name
1971 32,800 150 32,650 #9 boy name
1972 36,498 171 36,327 #8 boy name
1973 35,877 160 35,717 #8 boy name
1974 34,603 138 34,465 #8 boy name
1975 30,759 151 30,608 #8 boy name
1976 30,689 154 30,535 #8 boy name
1977 32,679 181 32,498 #8 boy name
1978 29,622 171 29,451 #9 boy name
1979 28,826 159 28,667 #10 boy name
1980 28,891 173 28,718 #12 boy name
1981 26,744 146 26,598 #14 boy name
1982 25,977 147 25,830 #14 boy name
1983 26,216 156 26,060 #14 boy name
1984 24,864 148 24,716 #17 boy name
1985 23,189 137 23,052 #18 boy name
1986 21,158 142 21,016 #20 boy name
1987 20,476 126 20,350 #20 boy name
1988 19,647 126 19,521 #22 boy name
1989 18,167 70 18,097 #24 boy name
1990 16,969 51 16,918 #27 boy name
1991 14,956 48 14,908 #30 boy name
1992 14,142 42 14,100 #31 boy name
1993 12,587 44 12,543 #34 boy name
1994 11,679 36 11,643 #37 boy name
1995 11,040 53 10,987 #36 boy name
1996 10,500 29 10,471 #36 boy name
1997 9,756 24 9,732 #37 boy name
1998 9,168 25 9,143 #41 boy name
1999 8,825 20 8,805 #43 boy name
2000 8,984 30 8,954 #43 boy name
2001 8,312 16 8,296 #46 boy name
2002 8,100 19 8,081 #51 boy name
2003 7,687 20 7,667 #59 boy name
2004 7,367 42 7,325 #59 boy name
2005 6,938 24 6,914 #63 boy name
2006 6,511 8 6,503 #72 boy name
2007 6,095 22 6,073 #81 boy name
2008 5,262 9 5,253 #87 boy name
2009 4,654 6 4,648 #94 boy name
2010 3,770 8 3,762
2011 3,235 5 3,230
2012 2,820 11 2,809
2013 2,641 5 2,636
2014 2,510 0 2,510

Want to know about the populiarty of Brian? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,162,528 babies born with the name Brian in the United States. That's more than enough Brians to occupy the country of Timor-Leste with an estimated population of 1,066,409 (as of July 11, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1909 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Brian" was in 1972 with a total of 36,327 babies. (That's a lot of baby Brians)

According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Brian" ranks #7 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 104 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1968. Across the entire United States a total of 30,055 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Brian popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Brian in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the east? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Brian" mean? The list below shows the origins of Brian as well as things modernly associated with the name Brian such as celebrities named Brian.

Irish

Origin and Meaning of Brian

The name "Brian" is of Irish origin, and it means "High, noble". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson is a singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and actor specializing in industrial metal, industrial rock, alternative metal, and shock rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1989 to present. Marilyn was born in 1969 as Brian Hugh Warner in Canton, Ohio, U.S.

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Brian Williams

Brian was born in 1959 as Brian Douglas Williams in Middletown Township, New Jersey, U.S.

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Brian Austin Green

Brian Austin Green is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1985 to present. Brian was born in 1973 as Brian Green in Van Nuys, California, U.S.

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Brian Bosworth

Brian Bosworth is a NFL player. Brian was born in 1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a musician and singer-songwriter specializing in hard rock, rock and roll, blues rock, glam rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1971 to present. Brian was born in 1947 as Brian Johnson in Dunston, England, UK.

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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is a musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer specializing in rock, pop, and art rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1961 to present. Brian was born in 1942 as Brian Douglas Wilson in Inglewood, California, United States.

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Alternative Meanings

B is for brilliance, your vivacity for life.

R is for radiant, it's your personality!

I is for impressive, your list of qualities.

A is for accepting, your forgiving nature.

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

Your name in reverse order is "Nairb". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Abirn". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Brian born Jan 23, 1985

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern New Zealand approximately on 900. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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