What is brian?


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.

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... and television shows which contain the name Brian include Brian's Song (1971, 2001) Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) What About Brian, television series that began in 2006 Burying Brian, mini ...
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1st Quarter 1022 CLB - Mark 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) - 17-14 CLB 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 (B ...

Famous quotes containing the word brian:

    You’ve just fulfilled the first role of law enforcement. Make sure when your shift is over you go home alive.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePlama. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery)

    The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let’s think about what’s the whole battle.
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner)

    Brian O’Linn was a gentleman born,
    He lived at a time when no clothes they were worn.
    —Unknown. Brian O’Linn (l. 1–2)