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Bryan is an old name that pops with new life when you spell it with a “y.” It doesn't get more boyish than Bryan. This classic name stays in style because it’s strong and simple.

Meaning of the name Bryan:

Old Celtic: Noble
Old English: Strong, virtuous, and honorable

Origin of the name Bryan:

Celtic. Bryan is derived from a Celtic word that means “noble.” It has traditionally referred to someone of high class in British culture.

Style of the name Bryan:


Gender of the name Bryan:

Bryan is a classic male name. Bryanna is the female version of Bryan.

Pronunciation of the name Bryan:


Syllables in the name Bryan:


Emotion evoked from the name Bryan:

The name Bryan comes across as classic and strong. It also has a boyish charm that's undeniable.

Alternative spellings for the name Bryan:

Brian, Brjánn, Bryon.

Nicknames for the name Bryan:

B, Bry.

Popularity of the name Bryan:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Bryan has continuously ranked on the list of the 1,000 most popular baby names every year since 1900. It maintained a steady run in the double digits between 1959 and 2010.

Related names for the name Bryan:

Bran, Bryant, Bryce, Byron.

Great middle names for Bryan and their meanings:

  • Alec (defending man)
  • Clarence (one who lives near the River Clare)
  • Desmond (gracious defender)
  • Curtis (polite)
  • Gregory (watchful)
  • Giles (youthful)
  • Jonas (dove)
  • Leon (lion)
  • Timothy (honoring God)
  • Tyler (tile maker)

Famous people with the name Bryan:

  • Bryan Adams (Canadian musician)
  • Bryan Cranston (actor)
  • Bryan Cox (American football coach)
  • Bryan Herta (American racecar driver)
  • Bryan Singer (film producer)

Bryans in movies/pop culture:

  • Bryan Fury (character from “Tekken”)
  • Bryan Mills (Liam Nissan's character in “Taken”)