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Bren (girl)

What does Bren mean?

Bren Pronunciation of Bren [bren] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Bren) is of Old Norse, Gaelic and Welsh derivation, and the name Bren means "sword; little drop of water; raven or black-haired; hill". Bren is an alternate form of Brenda (Old Norse): related to the English word "brand". Bren is also a variant of Brenna (Gaelic). Bren is also used as a variant of Bryn (Welsh).

Associated with: norse, gaelic, sword (warrior), little, water, black, hill (mountain).


Bren has 4 variants: Brenn, Brenne, Brynn and Brynne.

11 more relations via Brenda, Brenna, Bryn: Brendah, Brendie, Brendyl, Brenie, Brennah, Brennda, Brenyn, Brinda, Brinna, Brynda and Brynna.

Creative forms:
(female) Been, Brenny, ..

(male) Breney, Brer, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bren Nala (B.N.), ..

How popular is Bren?

Bren is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent last name for all people (#28194 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Brenda (#803 from current records), Brenna (#795), Brinda, Bryn (#1177), Brynn (#259), Brynna and Brynne are the popular alternative forms of Bren (not in Top 2000). Other variants, like Brenie, are seldom used. These forms of Bren were favored by parents 55 years ago (average #1601) and are now much less popular (#1290, 91.2%), with forms like Brenda becoming less stylish. Brenda is the firm favorite, though Brynn is currently the top form. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brenda, Brenna, Brinda, Bryn, Brynn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brynna, Brynne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bren and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bren is pronounced similarly to Brann, Brayne, Breann, Breanne, Breean, Breeann, Breen, Breiann, Briane, Briann, Brieann, Brienne, Brieon, Brinn, Brione and Bryann. Other recommended names are Aren, Arlen, Armen, Arwen, Aven, Bea, Bee, Beea, Belen, Bena, Bep, Beryn, Bet, Brana, Brand, Brani, Brea, Breah, Breana, Breda, Bree, Breena, Brei, Breina, Brenee, Breona, Bret, Bretny (see Brittany), Brett, Bria, Brid, Brie, Brier, Brina, Briny, Bruna, Brya, Bryna, Caren, Coren, Deren, Eden, Eiren, Elen, Glen, Gwen, Ireen, Iren, Jen, Keren, Koren, Laren, Loren, Maren, Pen, Ryen, Taren, Treen and Wren. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bren.

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