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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  • Labourer

    9%
  • Coal Miner

    2%
  • Dock Labourer

    2%
  • Farmer

    2%

In 1881, the most common Brian occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Brian's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and Dock Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Brian. A less common occupation for the Brian family was Farmer.

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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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Brian

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