A variant name was Briarcreek. A post office called Briar Creek was established in 1879, the name was changed to Briar in 1936, and the post office closed in 1999. The community took its name from Briar Creek, which was so named on account of green briar near its course.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Briar
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "Ripley County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
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