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Meaning and name origin

Brenda \b-ren-da, br(e)-nda\ as a girl's name is pronounced BREN-dah. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Brenda is "sword". Related to the English word "brand", meaning "to mark by burning". Until the 20th century, the name was used mainly in Scotland and Ireland. Its popularity in Gaelic-speaking countries has been influenced by its similarity to Brendan. Actress Brenda Vaccaro; comic strip heroine Brenda Starr.


Brenda has 14 variant forms: Bren, Brendah, Brendalynn, Brendell, Brendette, Brendie, Brendolyn, Brendyl, Brenn, Brennda, Brenndah, Brinda, Brynda and Labrenda.


Brenda is a very popular first name for females (#31 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#87386 out of 88799, Top 98%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Brenda for girls. Brenda reached its highest rank of #18 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brenda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brenda outside U.S.

Similar Names

Brenda is also pronounced similarly to Branda, Brandea, Brandi, Brandy, Breanda, Breonda and Brianda. Other suggested similar baby names are Barinda, Brand, Brande, Breda, Breeda and Brenna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brenda.