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Brian Name Popularity

How popular is the name Brian? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Brian was the 234th most popular boys name, representing 0.1161% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Brian has been the 25th most popular boys name, representing 0.7789% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 1,432 5 0.0005%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 1,169 12 0.0011%
1921 1,514 5 0.0004%
1922 0 0%
1923 1,375 6 0.0005%
1924 1,640 5 0.0004%
1925 853 29 0.0026%
1926 926 23 0.0021%
1927 849 30 0.0027%
1928 617 62 0.0058%
1929 566 74 0.0071%
1930 666 51 0.0049%
1931 625 56 0.0057%
1932 528 83 0.0084%
1933 461 106 0.0114%
1934 408 143 0.0148%
1935 352 201 0.0207%
1936 296 295 0.0306%
1937 233 467 0.0474%
1938 207 563 0.055%
1939 179 755 0.0742%
1940 163 988 0.093%
1941 154 1,081 0.096%
1942 141 1,482 0.1174%
1943 120 1,927 0.1476%
1944 118 1,924 0.1552%
1945 116 1,961 0.1608%
1946 103 2,557 0.1733%
1947 95 3,442 0.2062%
1948 95 3,346 0.2096%
1949 86 3,840 0.2387%
1950 79 4,436 0.2755%
1951 75 5,098 0.3007%
1952 64 5,739 0.3288%
1953 53 6,661 0.3764%
1954 48 8,078 0.4419%
1955 40 10,108 0.5495%
1956 33 14,649 0.7756%
1957 26 17,518 0.9104%
1958 24 19,255 1.0188%
1959 22 20,737 1.0914%
1960 20 21,994 1.1608%
1961 20 22,550 1.1944%
1962 20 23,244 1.2661%
1963 20 24,123 1.3439%
1964 20 24,191 1.3743%
1965 19 24,555 1.5016%
1966 14 27,270 1.7466%
1967 10 28,652 1.888%
1968 10 29,939 1.9938%
1969 9 31,696 2.0574%
1970 8 31,932 2.0065%
1971 9 32,643 2.1723%
1972 8 36,324 2.6669%
1973 8 35,713 2.7547%
1974 8 34,465 2.6517%
1975 8 30,604 2.3816%
1976 8 30,535 2.3692%
1977 8 32,501 2.4112%
1978 9 29,453 2.1907%
1979 10 28,671 2.0334%
1980 12 28,721 1.9643%
1981 14 26,599 1.8095%
1982 14 25,830 1.7285%
1983 14 26,062 1.7661%
1984 17 24,726 1.6622%
1985 18 23,056 1.519%
1986 20 21,023 1.3927%
1987 20 20,352 1.3337%
1988 22 19,525 1.2529%
1989 24 18,100 1.1217%
1990 27 16,924 1.0211%
1991 30 14,912 0.9149%
1992 31 14,102 0.8835%
1993 34 12,544 0.8046%
1994 37 11,643 0.7587%
1995 36 10,987 0.729%
1996 36 10,471 0.6993%
1997 37 9,732 0.658%
1998 41 9,140 0.6107%
1999 43 8,805 0.588%
2000 43 8,957 0.5863%
2001 46 8,297 0.5507%
2002 51 8,082 0.5393%
2003 59 7,667 0.504%
2004 59 7,326 0.4807%
2005 63 6,912 0.4521%
2006 72 6,506 0.4155%
2007 81 6,067 0.3845%
2008 87 5,250 0.3397%
2009 94 4,641 0.3105%
2010 101 3,760 0.2609%
2011 123 3,222 0.2262%
2012 141 2,798 0.1964%
2013 150 2,630 0.1847%
2014 168 2,509 0.1722%
2015 189 2,187 0.1503%
2016 203 1,963 0.1362%
2017 216 1,736 0.1244%
2018 234 1,595 0.1161%

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Names Like Brian

If you like Brian, you’ll love these other names like Brian.


What names are variants of Brian?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Brian.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Brain

High, noble

Irish

Bri

High, noble

Irish

Briano

High, noble

Irish

Briant

High, noble

Irish

Brien

High, noble

Irish

Brion

High, noble

Irish

#2,793 (0.0004%)  
Bryan

High and noble

English

#232 (0.117%)  
Bryant

A variant spelling of Briant.

English

#659 (0.0229%)  
Brye

High, noble

Irish

Bryen

High, noble

Irish

Bryent

High, noble

Irish

Bryon

High, noble

Irish


What names sound like Brian?

If you like how Brian sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Brian.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bran

Bramble; a thicket of wild gorse; raven

Scottish

Brann

Bramble; a thicket of wild gorse; raven

Scottish

Bren

Prince

Irish

Brenn

Teardrop

Irish

Bron

Son of the brown man

English

Brown

English

Bruin

Brown

German

Bryn

Hill

Welsh

Byran

At the byres or barn

English


Siblings of Brian

Mamas with kids named Brian also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Demarr

American

Omar

Flourishing life

Arabic

#238 (0.1134%)  
Gregory

Watchful

Greek

#403 (0.0537%)  
Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

#43 (0.5257%)  

2 Comments

  1. Brian means high or noble and is Celtic Irish. Sean is his middle name which means Irish God is gracious; gift from God.

  2. I named him after this father’s passed away an I miss his father like crazy


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