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Quick Facts on Brianna

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 71
Simple meaning:
Noble, high

Characteristics of Brianna

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Brianna

Brianna is a spelling variant of Briana, which is considered the feminine form of the Irish masculine name Brian. Many etymologists believe that Brian is derived from an Old Celtic-Gaelic word “brígh” meaning “noble, high” most likely from the ancient Celtic element “bre” meaning “hill”. Brian became a popular name in Ireland during the Middle Ages thanks to Brian Boru, the last High King of Éire, who reigned from 1002 to 1014. He is best remembered for having defeated the Vikings (see the name Brian for more detail). Interestingly, the female equivalent of Brian, i.e., Briana, dates back to the late 16th century as evidenced by English poet Edmund Spenser’s usage of the name in his epic “The Faerie Queene” (1590). See literary references below for more detail. Brianna with two “n”s was developed later in the 20th century as an embellishment on the more minimalistic Briana. Despite her Irish influence, Brianna is mainly used in the United States, taking off in popularity during the 1970s.

Popularity of the Name Brianna

Brianna did not show up on the U.S. naming charts for girls until 1976 and yet it only took the name a little more than 15 years to achieve Top 50 status. The name’s peak popularity came in 1999 when Brianna was the 14th most favored baby girl’s name in the country. When a name is as short-lived as Brianna sees such rapid adoption, we’d generally characterize it as a “fad.” As such, we are already seeing the “Briana” names begin their retreat down the charts, expected to slip to moderate usage in the coming decades. I came. I saw. I conquered. ..and then I left. Her conquering days are probably behind her at this point. Although “Br-“ female names remain strong favorites, and Brianna is still only second to Brooklyn. Brooke, Brielle, Brynn and Brynlee are some other favorites.
Popularity of the Girl Name Brianna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brianna

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Brianna

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brianna

    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 Brianna

    Popular Songs on Brianna

    Brianna - We cannot find any songs featuring the name Brianna.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Brianna

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Brianna

    Brianna Breathes Easy: A Story about Asthma (Virginia Kroll) - Brianna gets the lead in the Thanksgiving school play—she’ll be Hero the Hen! She almost forgets about the coughing and breathing trouble she’s been having. Brianna loves practicing her leaping and flapping. But at the dress rehearsal, she has a bad coughing attack and feels a tightness in her chest. The teacher calls 911 and the paramedics take Brianna to the hospital. There, Dr. Anderson diagnoses Brianna with asthma. Brianna begins to learn about her disease and how to manage it. Things are soon under control, and she’s back on stage for her debut! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Brianna the Ballet Fairy (Julia Dweck) - Visit the magical world of Fairy Trails. Brianna the Ballet Fairy is an enchanting tale that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever had a special dream. Down among the sugarplums are sprites no bigger than your thumbs. Brianna is the smallest sprite who sprinkles sugar through the night. Enter a world of fairies, pixies and dazzling enchantment. Brianna wishes that she could dance with the elite Sugarplum Fairies who prance among the sugarplums. However, she is still too young. Can a pixie help Brianna realize her dream or will she trick Brianna, instead? The story is written in a lyrical rhyme scheme that will captivate young readers. The colorful illustrations capture the creativity and imagination of this poignant tale that encourages readers to believe in themselves and their dreams. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Brianna the Tooth Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Kids everywhere know and love the Tooth Fairy -- and now they'll get to see just how magical she truly is! Ouch -- Icy Jack Frost has a horrible toothache! When he decides that the only cure is stealing Brianna the Tooth Fairy's magic, there's no stopping him. Now Brianna can't do her job, and losing teeth won't be magical or fun anymore! Kirsty's loose tooth just fell out, and she and Rachel can't wait for Brianna to visit. But Brianna doesn't come to leave a treat under Kirsty's pillow -- she comes because she needs the girls' help! Can they track down the missing magic for their new fairy friend? Or is Kirsty's lost tooth a lost cause? Find the magic objects in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the Tooth Fairy magic! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Jamaica and Brianna (Juanita Havill) - It's wintertime again, and Jamaica has to wear her brother Ossie's hand-me-down boots. She finds herself envious of her friend Brianna's pink boots with the fuzzy cuffs, and Brianna teases her about her ugly, old "boy" boots. But one word brings reconciliation for the two friends. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Brianna

    Famous People Named Brianna

    Famous People Named Brianna - We cannot find any popular celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Brianna.

  • Children of Famous People Named Brianna

    Children of Famous People Named Brianna

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Brianna - Brian DePalma (director); Marie Osmond (entertainer)

  • Historic Figures

    Brianna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Brianna

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Brianna

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