Bryan (given name)

Gender Male
Language(s) Celtic
Meaning "High"
Other names
Variant form(s) Brian

Bryan is a masculine given name. It is a variant spelling of the masculine given name Brian.

Origin and meaning

The given name Brian is a variant of the given name Bryan. This name is thought to be derived from an Old Celtic language word meaning "high", or "noble".

The spelling of the given name Bryan was influenced by the surname Bryan. This surname has several different origins. One origin of the name is from an Anglo-Norman name, de Brionne,[1] derived from either of two places called Brionne in the north of France—one is Brionne, in Eure; the other is Brionne in Creuse. Another origin of the surname is from the name which was brought to England and Ireland by the Breton followers of the Normans, who invaded in England in the 11th century. This name is thought to be derived from the same Old Celtic language element as the modern given name Bryan. When the Anglo-Normans invaded Ireland in the 12th century, this name was confused with the native Irish name Brian. The 'i' in "Brionne" is pronounced like a 'y', and as a result, as the names got conflated, the y emerged.


United States

In 2009, the names Brandon and Bryan were ranked as the 15th most common names for male twins, according to Social Security number applications for births.[2]

People with the name

See also


  1. The Norman people and their existing descendants in the British dominions and the United States of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co. 1999 [1874]. ISBN 978-0-8063-0636-0. Bryan, or Brionne, from Brionne, Normandy, a branch of the Counts of Brionne, and the Earls of Hertford, descended from Gilbert, Count of Brionne, son of Richard I (Duke) of Normandy. Quoted at
  2. Popular names for twins born in 2009, Social Security Online, retrieved 10 May 2010
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