What is all this nonsense about Brian being a sissy name?  Apparently it all blew up because Thames Valley Police didn’t think the name Brian was macho enough for one of their recently recruited horses and were thinking of renaming him Hercules, Goliath or perhaps even Trojan.

Understandably guys called Brian were not too happy about their name being bandied about as ‘Sissy’.  It is absolute rubbish anyway.  The main Brian in my life, was a test pilot.  Believe me, there was absolutely nothing sissy about him!

Although the meaning of  the name Brian is not known for sure, it is possibly something to do with the old Celtic element bre meaning “hill”, or by extension “high, noble”. It was borne by the semi-legendary Irish king Brian Boru, who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century.  A big, brave Brian if ever I heard of one.

What is in a name anyway?  I will leave you with a photo of this big, brave, gorgeous boy who triggered this breuhaha in the first place  and I am very glad to say that Thames Valley Police have relented and he will forever be Brian.

The mighty Brian - Police horse
The mighty Brian – Police horse




Written by Tessa Barrie

Writer and blogger from Jersey in the Channel Islands UK who believes life is too short to be niche. 🙃 Currently working on her first novel.

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