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The BRIAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,190 7327 0.002 16
United States (1880 census) 1,230 4586 0.002 25
Change since 1880 +2960 -2741 0 -9
Other Countries
Australia 287 5415 0.002 18
United Kingdom 1,197 4528 0.003 26
Top States for BRIAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 376 6564 0.001 11
Texas 359 5140 0.002 17
Louisiana 259 2112 0.006 58
Illinois 231 5035 0.002 19
Pennsylvania 184 7297 0.001 15
Top States for BRIAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 165 1636 0.007 74
Louisiana 259 2112 0.006 58
Kentucky 161 2785 0.004 40
Arkansas 75 3733 0.003 28
Oklahoma 86 4569 0.002 25


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BRIAN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BRIAN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BRIAN in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BRIAN by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BRIAN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BRIAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BRIAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BRIAN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 329 7.85
White (Hispanic) 121 2.89
Asian/Pacific 56 1.34
Mixed Race 56 1.34
Native American/Alaskan 46 1.1
White (Caucasian) 3,582 85.49

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BRIAN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BRIAN in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of BRIAN.

Similar names to BRIAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BRIAN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BRIAN

The following words are slight variants of BRIAN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.