Now it's time for the fourth installment of Baby Name Thursday. I'm still tinkering with this pig, trying to find the best way to get it done. Do you want facts, history, what? Any tips? Throw them my way.
Origin: This name is thought to be derived from an Old Celtic language word meaning "high", or "noble".
Meaning: The spelling of the given name Bryan was influenced by the surname Bryan. This surname has several different origins. One origin of the name is from an Anglo-Norman name, de Brionne, derived from either of two places called Brionne in the north of France—one is Brionne, in Eure; the other is Brionne in Creuse. Another origin of the surname is from the name which was brought to England and Ireland by the Breton followers of the Normans, who invaded in England in the 11th century. This name is thought to be derived from the same Old Celtic language element as the modern given name Bryan. When the Anglo-Normans invaded Ireland in the 12th century, this name was confused with the native Irish name Brian. The 'i' in "Brionne" is pronounced like a 'y', and as a result, as the names got confused, the y emerged.
Notable Name Bearers: Rocking 80's Canuck Bryan Adams, Bryan Cranston, (who I like to remember as the dentist Tim Watley from Seinfeld), Bryan Brown; the Australian actor that tought Tom Cruise everything about being a bartender, and local boy (Crystal Lake) Bryan Bulaga; Right Tackle for the Green Bay Packers.
Comments: I know an endless amount of Bryans/Brians which would make sense because the name had it's peak popularity in the 70's but has been on the decline ever since. Every year there are less kids being named Brian and more kids being named Jayden. (no commentary there, just a fact). The name is fine if you like vanilla ice cream and beige. It's just a tad boring for me. Although, I do like the idea of my sons initals being B.A.D. How bad ass would that be?! Here he comes, the toughest sum'bitch in grammar school! But I already have a name picked out that starts with a "B" for my boy. The other reason is Bryan Adams and his nauseating song "Summer of '69". When I was in college I used to frequent Lord Stanley's Annex and some ass-bag would play that song every night. Every. Single. Night. That's a lot of "first real 6-strings" to put up with. So the association with the name Bryan is crappy 80's ballads and dumpy bars. For that I am passing out my worst grade yet,
Grade: epic F ail