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Quick Facts on Briana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, English, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 350
Simple meaning:
Noble, strong

Characteristics of Briana

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Briana

Briana is a feminine form of Brian – and “Brian” comes from the Old Celtic word “brígh” which means ‘noble, strong, virtuous.’ The female equivalent of the name has been around as far back as the 16th century. In modern times, Briana has become a popular choice, but almost exclusively in the United States despite its Irish origin. The spelling of Brianna with two “N”s is more popular than Briana with one “N”.

Popularity of the Name Briana

The name Briana with one “N” beat Brianna (two “N”s) to the U.S. popularity charts by three years. Briana debuted in 1973 and Brianna followed in 1976. Today, Brianna is more popular than Briana, but both names have shown some remarkable growth in a short time period. It took Briana less than 10 years to achieve a spot on the Top 100 list in 1991, a position she held for 10 years until 2001. Both names are currently showing signs of decline. Briana’s time may have come and gone. This easy, breezy name is blowing away with the wind.
Popularity of the Girl Name Briana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Briana

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Briana

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Briana

    Briana (The Faerie Queene) Briana is a character in Edmund Spenser’s uncompleted, epic English poem, The Faerie Queene, published in two parts in 1590 and 1596. The allegorical work is written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I, and follows the deeds of various Arthurian knights in its exploration of virtue and nobility. Briana appears in Book VI, which is devoted to the virtue of courtesy, as embodied by Sir Calidore. Alas, Briana does not share this particular characteristic. She is a lady in love with a knight (the aptly named Crudor) whose very strange requirement of her is that she weave him a mantle made from the hair of men and women. Only then will he marry her. Well, of course - seems reasonable to us. So the resourceful Briana sends her henchman out to exact this fee from everyone passing her castle grounds. Along comes good Sir Calidore on one of his knightly quests (he is in search of the “Blatant Beast”, by the way), when he stumbles upon one of Briana’s victims, a squire who has been tied to a tree. He has been shorn of his beard by the henchman (another aptly named fellow, Maleffort) and his lady is now being pursued by the wicked man. Brave Calidore confronts the villain, saves the lady and slays Maleffort. He then proceeds through the castle to find the Lady Briana who (get this) accuses him of discourtesy in killing her servant! She sends for Crudor to do battle with Calidore, but we all know how that will turn out. In no time, our hero has Crudor at his feet, fighting for his life. This our courteous knight grants, but with conditions. Henceforth Crudor must be a polite knight. The grateful Crudor even offers to marry Briana without that dreadful mantle condition, and the even more grateful Briana, happy no doubt to be relieved of her duties as barber/seamstress, bestows her castle upon Calidore, who politely gives it to the beardless squire. We can only hope that, after all that trouble, Briana is happy with her strange choice of husband material (pun intended).

  • Popular Songs on Briana

    Popular Songs on Briana

    Briana - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Briana.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Briana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Briana

    All About Me: Briana's Neighborhood (Sahar Simmons) - In her first book, "All About Me", Briana takes you through Brooklyn, NY, the city where she was born and raised. Briana's life takes an interesting turn when she moves to a new neighborhood. "All About Me", promotes self-esteem and shows how Briana adapts to a new environment. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    In the Goal With…Briana Scurry (Matt Christopher) - On July 10, 1999, at the end of ninety minutes of regulation play plus two fifteen-minute overtime periods, Briana Scurry faced the greatest challenge of her soccer career. As goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's national team, she would be squaring off against China's five best penalty kickers in a shootout to determine the winner of the 1999 Women's World Cup. The pressure was enormous--but Briana Scurry thrives on pressure, which is one reason she's been called the best goalkeeper in the world. Since 1994, she has proven again and again that when the heat's on, she'll stay cool. And that's just what she did that steamy July day. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Princess Briana (Mr. Yaba Baker) - The Princess Briana book is a fun, exciting, and inspiring fairytale that touches young girls like no other princess story. Princess Briana is selected to attend a summer camp at a highly-rated school for princesses. Upon her arrival Briana realizes she is different from the other princesses. She begins making drastic physical changes in an effort to attain acceptance from her peers. The engaging story offers up simple truths about self-image, self-esteem, and beauty for all children. Princess Briana gives an encouraging message to young ladies about loving themselves in an entertaining style that will surely make this story your child's favorite. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Briana

    Famous People Named Briana

    Famous People Named Briana - Briana Scurry (soccer player); Briana Banks (actress); Briana Evigan (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Briana

    Children of Famous People Named Briana

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Briana - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Briana.

  • Historic Figures

    Briana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Briana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Briana.

Personality of the Girl Name Briana

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Briana

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