Actually, to be honest, the Brian Blessed connection is what this whole thing was based upon. I read on Wikipedia (I think) that some people like to connect Brān with Brian Blessed, and I thought to myself; "Self; that idea is so crazy awesome you have to at least try to get a story out of it. Also, I assume he wouldn't want people to know he was an immortal from early England, so he went with the closest thing in modern English.