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    Default The Origin of Christian name"BRIAN".

    Hi I have noted there are a few "Brian's"on Site.
    The name has long been popular in Ireland because of the national hero, Brian Boroimhe, but is also found in England in the Middle Ages, probably imported from Brittany. It reached Scotland in the reign of William the Lion 1165~1214,during whose reign Linaldus Brian is Mentioned,and also Brnard Brian, who gave a carucate in Hauden to the Abby of Kelso. The name came into use as a surname early in the fifteenth century when merchant navy and man of war ships started trading,and variants are Byan, Bryand and Bryane. Brian and Brianne are still in use as Christian names.
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    Nice one Reg. Didn't they have Brian in Roman times, or was Monty Python lying to us.

    Dam those celebrities and their lies...

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    Thank you for that interesting information Reg,it was a mystery to me as to who I was named after when I was a child. There were no uncles called Brian and nor were there any close friends.What I do know is that there are an awful lot of men in their late 60's and 70's called Brian so it must have been a popular name in the 30's and 40's. My great grandfather,who was scouse but had an Irish accent,used to call me "Brian Boru, the Irish giant,who slew 10 thousand men at the Battle of Clontarf" As a kid in Kirkdale I used to wonder whereabouts in Liverpool Ireland was. You've set me off on a reverie now Reg and you, Pablo, we want to know who you sold them kids to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian daley View Post
    Thank you for that interesting information Reg,it was a mystery to me as to who I was named after when I was a child. There were no uncles called Brian and nor were there any close friends.What I do know is that there are an awful lot of men in their late 60's and 70's called Brian so it must have been a popular name in the 30's and 40's. My great grandfather,who was scouse but had an Irish accent,used to call me "Brian Boru, the Irish giant,who slew 10 thousand men at the Battle of Clontarf" As a kid in Kirkdale I used to wonder whereabouts in Liverpool Ireland was. You've set me off on a reverie now Reg and you, Pablo, we want to know who you sold them kids to!
    BrianD
    I was collecting for the orphanage

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    Hi Reg, I have no relatives named Brian to be named after, being decended from the Vikings in Ormskirk in the Eighth Century, so I have no Celtic blood.
    I always thought I was named after Brian Boru, The name Brian means `Strong`. that will do for me.
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    BRIAN.
    FROM VARIOUS SOURCES.....................
    The name Brian has historically enjoyed popularity in Ireland, no doubt influenced by Brian Boru, a great High King of Ireland.
    Gender:
    Boy Origin:
    Gaelic
    Meaning:
    Noble, strong, virtuous; hil


    The boy's name Brian \b-rian\ is pronounced BRY-en. It is of Celtic, Irish and Gaelic origin, and its meaning is "high, noble". Could also mean "strength". Historical: Brian Boru (10th century) was a warrior who became high king of Ireland and one of its greatest national heroes. He liberated the country from the Danes in 1014


    BRIAN
    Gender: Masculine

    Usage: Irish, English, Ancient Irish

    Pronounced: BRIE-ən (Irish, English) [key]

    The meaning of this name is not known for certain but it is possibly related to the old Celtic element bre meaning "hill", or by extension "high, noble". It was borne by the semi-legendary Irish king Brian Boru, who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was slain in the Battle of Clontarf, though his forces were decisively victorious. The name was common in Ireland before his time, and even more so afterwards. It came into use in England in the Middle Ages, introduced by Breton settlers. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.


    When I was to be Christened, the first name they thought of was a friend of my Dads. He was called Archibald, Happily they changed their mind and called me Brian instead.

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    You Brians will all be geting big 'eads now then after that Captain.

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