Brian Surname Origin
The nobly descended, from Bri, dignity, honor, and an, diminutive of that to which it is annexed, belonging to it; Gaelic, gin or gen, begotten. Bri, Welsh, honor; briadd, honorary. Bailey derives Brian from Bruiant, French, ciamorous. Brian, in the Gaelic, also implies one who is fair-spoken, wordy, specious.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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