Meaning and Origin of: Brier

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Shrub or small tree
  • French : Heather

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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.