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The first name 

Brian is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

Brian – known and loved in the US!

The name Brian isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Brian ranks 184. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 12 were named Brian. In total, there are currently 1,170,461 people – children, adults and seniors – named Brian living in the United States, which is approximately 0.35 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Brian mean?

The first name Brian comes from the Celtic word ‘bryn’ and translated means ‘the hill’. Other meanings are ‘the uplifted’, ‘the exalted’ or ‘the strong’.

Did you know... that many musicians bear the name Brian? For example, Brian May, the guitarist of the group 'Queen'.

Brian -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in New Hampshire

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Brian is one of them. However, Brian is not equally widespread in all states, but people in New Hampshire seem to particularly fancy this name – the 5,830 men called Brian who live here are 1,10% of all male residents and push their name up to #18 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in New Hampshire. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 1,170,461 people with the name Brian. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Brian on position 25 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Brian has 5 letters 
and begins with a B

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter B is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for boys' names: 4.2% of all common boys' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of boys' names are J and A, while X and U are the least common initials of boys' names.

With five letters, the name Brian is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Thus, it follows that if 4.2% of all boys' names start with a B, this initial letter occurs about as often as all 26 letters on average. And maybe interesting to know: Brian is the boys’ name starting with B, which is the most common of all.

Other names with 
B, r, i, a and n

If you take all the letters in the name Brian – B, r, i, a and n – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Brain or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Brian

If your name is Brian and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Brian

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Brian, you can simply say:






This is how the name Brian is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Brian in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Brian

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Brian is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Brian

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Brian sounds like this: