Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Today's name: Bryony (female)
Alternate spelling: Briony

Potential nicknames: Bry, Bryn, Brynna, Bree, Bria, Bonnie, Bronny

Pronunciation: BRY-on-ee, BRY-uh-nee, and sometimes BREE-uh-nee

Origin: (1) Greek, from the word bryonia, meaning "climbing plant," or vine. (2) 20th century flower name for a perennial flowering vine indiginous to Europe.

Popularity: There were 7 baby girls named Briony in the U.S. in 2010, according to the Social Security Administration, and 5 named Bryony. Both are pronounced the same. In 2011 there were 16 girls named Briony and 5 named Bryony.

Fun fact: You probably recognize this name from the recent movie "Atonement," based on the book of the same name by Ian McEwan.


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