This Celtic name is widespread in Ireland, partially due to the renown of Brian Boru, a high king and great national hero who crushed the Vikings’ attempts to take his country. In more current times, Brian has established itself as a classic boys’ name, although it’s not as popular as it once was.


  • celtic: Strength, ascension, or valor
  • norse:
  • welsh:

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

Famous Namesakes:

Actor Brian Dennehy, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Actor Brian Austin Green, Singer Brian McKnight

Celebrity Babies:

Son of Jim Henson, Son of Sandra Day O'Connor, Son of Barry Bostwick