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Brenda 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 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.
Popularity of Brenda
Brenda is a very popular first name for females (#31 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#87386 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Brenda name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Brenda with its variant forms and related girl baby names.