Name: Brian

Origin and Meaning of the Name Brian

  • Meaning:
    Noble, strong, virtuous; hill
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  • Pronunciation:
    (BRY an)
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    Itself (Brian)
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Miscellaneous Info for Brian

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  • Used in:
    English and Gaelic speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    The name Brian has historically enjoyed popularity in Ireland, no doubt influenced by Brian Boru, a great High King of Ireland. The name is shared by Queen guitarist Brian May, 'The Beach Boys' songwriter Brian Wilson, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and cricketer Brian Lara.

    'Monty Python's The Life of Brian' is a comedy film about a man mistaken for the Messiah.

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