Briana is the feminine form of Brian, an Irish name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Old Celtic element bre meaning “hill” which, by extension, also means “high, noble”.It could also be related to Celtic brig- or brigant- meaning “high”, briga- meaning “might” and “power”, or brigh- meaning “noble, strong, virtuous”. Briana is a character in The Faerie Queen, an epic poem written by English poet Edmund Spenser, an allegorical work celebrating the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. It was published between 1590 and 1596 though he died before he could finish the entirety of the poem.

Nicknames: Bri/Bree

Origin: Old Celtic



  • Brianna
  • Bryana
  • Bryanna
  • Breanna
  • Brina
  • Bryna
  • Breann
  • Brianne
  • Breanne
  • Breeanne
  • Bryanne


Male forms:

  • Brian
  • Brion
  • Bryan
  • Bryon


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