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Brian

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1.2m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
4k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brian

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

Wiktionary

Borrowing from Irish Brian.

  1. A male given name.

Brian was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, and Irish

Notable Persons Named Brian

Marilyn Manson is an industrial rock, industrial metal, hard rock, alternative metal, and shock rock musician. His ongoing career started in 1989. Marilyn was given the name Brian Hugh Warner on January 5th, 1969 in Canton, Ohio, U.S.

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Brian Wilson is a rock music, pop music, and art pop musician. He plays Vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, synthesizers, accordion, Fender Precision Bass, Baldwin Piano Company, Moog synthesizer, and ARP Instruments. He holds the title The Honeys – "He's A Doll", 'Til I Die" from Surf's Up, Love, and Mercy" from Brian Wilson. His ongoing career started in 1961. Brian was given the name Brian Douglas Wilson on June 20th, 1942 in Inglewood, California, United States.

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Buckethead is a heavy metal music, progressive metal, funk metal, avant-garde metal, instrumental rock, experimental rock, and ambient music musician. He plays Gibson Les Paul, Jackson King V, and ESP M-II. He holds the title Excerpt of "Jordan". He was most prominent from 1985 to present. Buckethead was given the name Brian Patrick Carroll on May 13th, 1969. Buckethead is also known as Buckethead, Carroll, and Brian Patrick.

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Brian Cox is an actor. He was most active from 1965 to present. Brian was given the name Brian Denis Cox on June 1st, 1946 in Dundee.

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Brian Eno is an experimental rock, ambient music, art pop, electronic music, minimal music, worldbeat, and glam rock musician. He was most prominent from 1970 to present. Brian was given the name Brian Peter George Eno on May 15th, 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Brian is also known as St. John le Baptiste de la Salle and Eno.

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Brian May is a rock music musician. He plays Red Special and Fender Telecaster. He has had major accomplishments since 1965. Brian was given the name Brian Harold May on July 19th, 1947 in Hampton, Middlesex, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brian

David Brian was a film and television actor. He was most active from 1935 to 1935. David was born on August 5th, 1914 in New York City. He died on July 15th, 1993.

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Morgan Brian is a soccer player for the Houston Dash, Frederica Academy, United States women's national under-17 soccer team, United States women's national under-20 soccer team, and United States women's national soccer team. Morgan was born on February 26th, 1993 in St. Simons, Georgia, United States.

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Frankie J. Holden is a singer, actor, tv presenter, and business owner. Frankie was given the name Peter Brian on December 18th, 1952. Frankie is also known as Frank Holden.

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Mary Brian was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1924 to 1954. Mary was given the name Louise Byrdie Dantzler on February 17th, 1906 in Corsicana, Texas, U.S. She died on December 30th, 2002.

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Mihalik. Brian is a football player. Mihalik. was born on August 21st, 1992 in Avon Lake, Ohio.

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Kate Brian is a young-adult fiction author. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Kate was given the name Kieran Scott on March 11th, 1974 in Montvale, New Jersey, U.S.

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How popular is the baby 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 1,010 0 1,010
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 1,995 5 1,990
1946 2,594 8 2,586
1947 3,461 12 3,449 #95 boy name
1948 3,363 6 3,357 #95 boy name
1949 3,858 6 3,852 #86 boy name
1950 4,457 5 4,452 #79 boy name
1951 5,113 8 5,105 #74 boy name
1952 5,749 13 5,736 #64 boy name
1953 6,669 10 6,659 #54 boy name
1954 8,094 12 8,082 #48 boy name
1955 10,131 23 10,108 #40 boy name
1956 14,673 20 14,653 #33 boy name
1957 17,540 26 17,514 #26 boy name
1958 19,297 39 19,258 #24 boy name
1959 20,778 39 20,739 #22 boy name
1960 22,052 53 21,999 #20 boy name
1961 22,594 39 22,555 #20 boy name
1962 23,304 60 23,244 #20 boy name
1963 24,180 55 24,125 #20 boy name
1964 24,257 63 24,194 #20 boy name
1965 24,631 71 24,560 #19 boy name
1966 27,360 89 27,271 #14 boy name
1967 28,768 104 28,664 #10 boy name
1968 30,050 105 29,945 #10 boy name
1969 31,831 130 31,701 #9 boy name
1970 32,086 148 31,938 #8 boy name
1971 32,797 150 32,647 #9 boy name
1972 36,496 171 36,325 #8 boy name
1973 35,877 160 35,717 #8 boy name
1974 34,606 138 34,468 #8 boy name
1975 30,756 151 30,605 #8 boy name
1976 30,691 154 30,537 #8 boy name
1977 32,683 181 32,502 #8 boy name
1978 29,621 171 29,450 #9 boy name
1979 28,825 158 28,667 #11 boy name
1980 28,896 173 28,723 #12 boy name
1981 26,748 145 26,603 #14 boy name
1982 25,977 147 25,830 #14 boy name
1983 26,220 156 26,064 #14 boy name
1984 24,869 148 24,721 #17 boy name
1985 23,190 137 23,053 #18 boy name
1986 21,164 142 21,022 #20 boy name
1987 20,476 126 20,350 #20 boy name
1988 19,646 126 19,520 #22 boy name
1989 18,170 70 18,100 #24 boy name
1990 16,973 51 16,922 #27 boy name
1991 14,958 48 14,910 #30 boy name
1992 14,142 42 14,100 #31 boy name
1993 12,587 44 12,543 #34 boy name
1994 11,678 36 11,642 #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 9,169 25 9,144 #41 boy name
1999 8,825 20 8,805 #43 boy name
2000 8,988 30 8,958 #43 boy name
2001 8,314 16 8,298 #46 boy name
2002 8,101 19 8,082 #51 boy name
2003 7,688 20 7,668 #59 boy name
2004 7,370 42 7,328 #59 boy name
2005 6,940 24 6,916 #63 boy name
2006 6,513 8 6,505 #72 boy name
2007 6,096 23 6,073 #81 boy name
2008 5,265 9 5,256 #87 boy name
2009 4,658 6 4,652 #94 boy name
2010 3,771 8 3,763
2011 3,242 5 3,237
2012 2,822 11 2,811
2013 2,644 5 2,639
2014 2,522 0 2,522
2015 2,213 5 2,208
2016 1,965 0 1,965

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Popularity of Brian as a first name

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Popularity of Brian as a last name

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Common last names for Brian

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  • Martin
  • White
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brian U.S.
  White 82.94% 64.26%
  African American 6.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.25% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brian

People with the last name Brian are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brian

  • How Popular is the name Brian? Brian is the 32nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Brian was the 7,854th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,166,766 babies born with the first name Brian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brian to occupy the country of Timor-Leste with an estimated population of 1,066,409 (as of July 11, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1909 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brian is Thursday, May 11th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Brian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brian was in 1972 with a total of 36,325 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brian!
  • Random Brian Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brian ranks 13th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 1,647 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1964.
  • Weird things about the name Brian: Your name in reverse order is Nairb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inrba. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,214 people with the last name Brian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brian? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Brian as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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