Brian is a male given name of Irish and Breton origin, as well as a surname of Occitan origin. It is common in the English-speaking world. It is possible that the name is derived from an Old Celtic word meaning "high" or "noble". For example the element bre means "hill"; which could be transferred to mean "eminence" or "exalted one". The name is quite popular in Ireland, on account of Brian Boru, a 10th century king of Ireland. The name was also quite popular in East Anglia during the Middle Ages. This is because the name was introduced to England by Bretons following the Norman Conquest. Bretons also settled in Ireland along with the Normans in the 12th century, and 'their' name was mingled with the 'Irish' version. Also, in the north-west of England, the 'Irish' name was introduced by Scandinavian settlers from Ireland. Within the Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland, the name was at first only used by professional families of Irish origin. It was the fourth most popular male name in the United Kingdom in 1934, but a sharp decline followed over the remainder of the 20th century and by 1994 it had fallen out of the top 100.

The surname Brian is sometimes an English and Irish variant spelling of the surname Bryan. The English and French surname Brian is sometimes derived from the personal Celtic personal name shown above. The surname Brian can also sometimes be a French surname; derived from the Old Occitan word brian, meaning "maggot" and used as a nickname.

Variants of the name include Briant, Brien, Bran, Brion, Bryan, Bryant, Brj√°nn (in Icelandic) and Bryon.

Read more about Brian:  Selected People With This Name, Media Titles

Other articles related to "brian":

People Named Keenan - Last Name
... Brian Keenan (Irish republican), Provisional IRA member Brian Keenan (musician), Irish musician Brian Keenan (writer), Irish journalist and hostage Brigid Keenan, British/Irish writer of best-selling memoirs ...
2008 Grand Rapids Rampage Season - Regular Season - Week 16: At Columbus Destroyers
... Lewis 18 Yd field goal - 3-0 CLB 0642 GR - Terrell Browden 5 Yd Run (Brian Gowins Kick) - 7-3 GR 0424 CLB - Derek Lee 27 Yd Pass From Matt Nagy (Mark Lewis Kick) - 10-7 CLB 0233 GR - Chris Johnson 22 Yd Pass. 1114 GR - Chris Martin 57 Yd Kickoff Return (Brian Gowins Kick) - 21-17 GR 1012 CLB - C.J ... Watkins 4 Yd Run (Brian Gowins Kick) - 28-24 GR 0453 CLB - Harold Wells 1 Yd Run (Mark Lewis Kick) - 31-28 CLB 0310 GR - Kenny Higgins 36 Yd Pass From James Macpherson (Bria ...
Brian - Media Titles
... Some films and television shows which contain the name Brian include Brian's Song (1971, 2001) Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) What About Brian ...

Famous quotes containing the word brian:

    I think I’m going to have a drink.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner)

    ... cooking is just like religion. Rules don’t no more make a cook than sermons make a saint.
    Anonymous, U.S. cook. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Leah Chase, who was quoted in turn by Brian Lanker (1989)

    You got an all-out prize fight, you wait ‘til the fight’s over, one guy’s left standing and that’s how you know who’s won.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Al Capone (Robert DeNiro)