Brian Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant spelling of Bryan. French and English: from the Celtic personal name Brian, which contains the element bre- ‘hill’, with the transferred sense ‘eminence’. See also Bryan. French: nickname from Old Occitan brian ‘maggot’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bryan, Briant, Brin, Brien, Organ, Brians, Brion, Burian, Briand

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Brian Family Origin

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Brian Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    22%
  • Labourer

    17%
  • Cultivateur

    13%
  • Laborer

    9%

In 1881, the most common Brian occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Brian's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Brian family was Laborer. Farmer, Labourer and Cultivateur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brian.

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United States

Between 1944 and 2004, Brian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Brian in 1944 was 27, and 74 in 2004.

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