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Wiktionary

  1. brianverb

    To keep fire at the mouth of (as of an oven), to give light or to preserve heat.

  2. Briannoun

    A male given name from Irish.

    "What the deuce is their fancy for calling the young beggar Brian?" he inquired."Is it Brian Boroimhe they have gone back to, or is it some of her people, or what?"

  3. Etymology: From English dialectal, probably variant of brine, from brine, from brune, from bryne, from bruniz, from bʰrenu-. Cognate with brin, brin, bryne, bruni. More at burn.

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  1. Brian

    Brian (sometimes spelled Bryan in English) is a male given name of Irish and Breton origin, as well as a surname of Occitan origin. It is common in the English-speaking world. It is possible that the name is derived from an Old Celtic word meaning "high" or "noble". For example, the element bre means "hill"; which could be transferred to mean "eminence" or "exalted one". The name is quite popular in Ireland, on account of Brian Boru, a 10th-century High King of Ireland. The name was also quite popular in East Anglia during the Middle Ages. This is because the name was introduced to England by Bretons following the Norman Conquest. Bretons also settled in Ireland along with the Normans in the 12th century, and 'their' name was mingled with the 'Irish' version. Also, in the north-west of England, the 'Irish' name was introduced by Scandinavian settlers from Ireland. Within the Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland, the name was at first only used by professional families of Irish origin. It was the fourth most popular male name in England and Wales in 1934, but a sharp decline followed over the remainder of the 20th century and by 1994 it had fallen out of the top 100. It retained its popularity in the United States for longer; its most popular period there was from 1968–1979 when it consistently ranked between eighth and tenth. The name has become increasingly popular in South America - particularly Argentina and Uruguay since the early 1990s. The surname Brian is sometimes an English and Irish variant spelling of the surname Bryan. The English and French surname Brian is sometimes derived from the personal Celtic personal name shown above. The surname Brian can also sometimes be a French surname; derived from the Old Occitan word brian, meaning "maggot" and used as a nickname.Variants of the name include Briant, Brien, Bran, Brion, Bryan, Bryant, Brjánn (in Icelandic) and Bryon. Variant spellings such as "Brien" are sometimes used as female given names, especially among members of the Irish diaspora.

Rap Dictionary

  1. briannoun

    To give brain means to perform oral sex on someone. Giving brain and dont stop, Knoc Danm you! -- Knoc-Turn'al Ft. Dr. Dre & Missy Elliott (Knoc (clean Version))

Editors Contribution

  1. Brianadjective

    I, one of the Brians, offer that a def which I saw stated that it meant Honor and Fidelity. Sounding the syllables, bri/an, its sounds could be related to Lion, a Proud beast, and br. Perhaps related to the hebrew /br/ as in bresheit of Gen 1.1 usage. Perhaps the word-name is far older than you imply. Plus i consider the Israelite dispersions before christ to be when they travelled along n. Africa to Spain, and continued up coast and along mountains... Maybe this is something. Consider all the people names European that end with -ish. Hebraically significant.

    Submitted by anonymous on October 3, 2021  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Brian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2478

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Brian' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1384

Anagrams for Brian »

  1. abrin

  2. riban

  3. bairn

  4. brain

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brian in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Brian in a Sentence

  1. Angus Young:

    As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man, he always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed. Rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams performing on stage during a concert in German in 2003. ((AP Photo/Jan Pitman).

  2. Mat Staver:

    Kim Davis said Monday that her name and title would not appear on the forms and later that same day the Governor said the forms were valid, and Judge( David) Bunning's order releasing Kim Davis said a form altered by Brian the day after the contempt hearing while Kim was in jail was valid. ...

  3. Don Beyer:

    Officer Brian Sicknick, my constituent, was 42 years old, a military veteran who served in the US Capitol Police for 12 years, he made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting those trapped in the Capitol amid a violent assault on our democracy itself. He deserves to lie in state.

  4. Ziv Cohen:

    There's a lot of evidence, from the 911 calls, from the witnesses at Merry Piglets, and I believe there were other witnesses, that their relationship was spiraling out of control, there was conflict, verbal conflict, physical conflict, and certainly, I think that the Merry Piglets episode is significant in the sense that even other people were running afoul of Brian Laundrie.

  5. Gabby Petito:

    Ahh oh my gosh I can’t believe school started already!!! Haha I saw your post on Instagram! So cute!! Send me the picture of the boys to show Brian!! Lol and I love their backpacks too!!

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