National Brian Day – March 6, 2023

National Brian Day is celebrated on March 6 every year, giving us an excuse to shower the Brians of our life with the love and respect that’s their due. You’d be shocked to learn the name comes from the moors of Ireland. Ranking the fourth most popular name in the 1930s in Wales and Ireland, the name traveled across the English-speaking at a ferocious speed within a century. Most of us are lucky enough to celebrate a Brian in our lives, and if not, we can all come together and raise a toast for Bryan Adams.

History of National Brian Day

Brian is both a name and a surname. It has roots in Ireland and has an Occitan origin. It is normal to tune into the television and watch a hero by the appellation of Brian saving the crowd and collecting applause. The name exudes eminence and nobility, and its literal translation from the Old Celtic language is ‘high.’

Bryan, a popular surname in the U.S., is the Irish variant of the name. The French surname, however, is derived from the library of Celtic personal monikers. Brian belongs to the category of highly favored English names with multiple variants, such as Bryant, Bran, and Byron. The name is often introduced by different spellings, such as Bryan and Brien.

The Norman Conquest was a period of massive cultural and economic upheaval for the people of England. One of the imports of that time was this name. Brian is loosely inspired by the Bretons, who settled in Ireland post the conquest. After decades of mingling, their name evolved into the Irish version and became Brian. Authentic Irish families have since adopted the moniker and have passed it down to generations.

Brian has enjoyed immense cultural domination in the early 20th century, peaking at fourth on the charts of most popular male names in Wales and England. There have been several spikes in popularity, especially during the ‘60s and ‘70s, which placed the name in the top 10 ranking in the U.S.

National Brian Day timeline

1002
The Irish King

King Brian Boru takes the throne in Ireland.

1925
The American Embrace

Brian gains momentum in the U.S., debuting as the 872nd most popular name in the country.

1972
The Peak

Brian peaks on the charts and ranks as the eighth most popular name in the U.S.

2009
The British Broadcast

Britain’s highly regarded physicist, Brian Cox, makes his T.V. debut with the series “The Infinite Monkey Cage.”

National Brian Day FAQs

Is Brian a biblical name?

Although Brian is a popular name in Christian households, there is no mention of it in the bible.

Is Brian a common last name?

In the United States, the name Brian is the 18,792nd most popular surname, with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.

Is there a popular nickname for Brian?

Brian, a single syllable word, has no famous nicknames. You can go with Brie or Bee as a term of endearment.

National Brian Day Activities

  1. Explore other Indo-European names

    Indo-European (Celtic) names make for a considerable nomenclature in South-East Asian countries. Super fun names like Ayaansh, Nirved, and Sriansh are a result of decades of cultures being merged to find someone new and solid. On National Brian Day, spend some time unlocking other names of the same family.

  2. Get a burger for Brian

    If you have a Brian to celebrate this day with, then we expect no less than a birthday party featuring the city’s most famous burgers. Nothing fits the early days of Spring better than a burger in your hand.

  3. Have a karaoke session

    Seems a bit left-field, right? Well, what if we told you that ‘Summer of 69’ can be your opening track. You can follow it up with some easy hymns and finally conclude to the tune of ‘All for Love.’ Life’s short, so turn every excuse into a Bryan Adams karaoke session and sing your heart out.

5 Personality Traits Of People Named Brian

  1. B for balanced

    Brians of the world are balanced and steady, with a composed and futuristic mindset.

  2. R for resilent

    Brians can stumble through hurdles and overcome any difficulty.

  3. I for interesting

    Brians know how to keep interesting and entertaining company.

  4. A for amiable

    Brians are friendly, pleasant, and highly welcoming.

  5. N for nonchalant

    Brians are calm and neutral in most situations.

Why We Love National Brian Day

  1. Brians are creative and artistic

    We love and celebrate Brians all around the world on National Brian Day. Known for their balanced and steady nature, Brians can steal the show with their artistic pursuits and creative ideas. If you’re throwing a bash for the Brians of your life, you better know that they are often the first to arrive at a party.

  2. The day honors historic Irish names

    Irish vocabulary is one of its best imports. Beautiful names like Saoirse, James, Jack, Sean, and Brian are all ancient Irish names shared by thousands of native Irelanders.

  3. It celebrates the Brians around us

    National Brian Day is all about celebrating and uplifting the Brians of our lives. As we honor the privilege and responsibility of carrying the name, we also remember the great men who have brought immense honor to it.

National Brian Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 6Monday
2024March 6Wednesday
2025March 6Thursday
2026March 6Friday
2027March 6Saturday

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