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What does Brenda mean?

Brenda \b-ren-da, br(e)-nda\ as a girls' 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 variants: Bren, Brendah, Brendalynn, Brendell, Brendette, Brendie, Brendolyn, Brendyl, Brenn, Brennda, Brenndah, Brinda, Brynda and Labrenda.


Brenda is a very prominent first name for females (#31 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#59147 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Brenda for girls. Brenda entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #18 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #730 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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