First name origins & meanings:
- English: Shrub or small tree
- French: Heather
First name variations: Brierly, Briar
Last name origins & meanings:
- English (Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by
a briar patch, Middle English brere. This was also applied as a
nickname for a prickly, difficult person.
- Scottish and northern
Irish: reduced form of McBriar (see McBrayer).
- Americanized form of German Breuer.
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