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What does Brenna mean?

Brenna [bren-na] as a girls' name is pronounced BREN-ah. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Brenna is "little drop of water; raven or black-haired". Modern use is probably as a feminine form of Brennan, and influenced by Brianna.

Associated with: gaelic, little, water, black, modern.


Brenna has 9 variants: Bren, Brenie, Brenn, Brennah, Brenne, Brenyn, Brinna, Brynna and Brynne.

Related girl name: Breena.

Brenna has 38 more different relations via Brianna: Brana, Breanna, Breanne, Breayanna, Bree, Breeann, Breeanna, Breeanne, Breena, Bria, Briahna, Briana, Briand, Brianda, Briane, Briann, Briannah, Brianne, Brianni, Briauna, Briaunna, Brieann, Brieanna, Brienna, Brienne, Brieon, Brina, Briney, Brinn, Briny, Bryana, Bryann, Bryanna, Bryanne, Bryauna, Bryn, Bryna and Brynnan.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Brunna, Burna, ..

(male) Brennabe, Brenoni, ..

How popular is Brenna?

Brenna is a very prominent first name for females (#1281 out of 4276, Top 30%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#34949 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Brenna for girls. Brenna entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #235 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is presently at #784. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brenna name in U.S.

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

Prominent alternative forms of Brenna (#784 via latest list) are Breanna (#624 via latest list), Breanne, Bree (#1074), Breeann, Breeanna, Brennan, Bria (#521), Briana (#419), Brianda, Briann, Brianna (#85), Brianne, Briauna, Brieanna, Brienna, Brienne, Bryana, Bryanna (#639), Bryn (#965), Brynna and Brynne. Other forms, like Breena, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Brenna was well-received in the year 1996 (adoption of 1.88%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.4%, 78.5% less), with versions such as Bria becoming less fashionable. Bryn is the most chic birth name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brenna, Breanna, Breanne, Bree, Breeann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Breeanna, Brennan, Bria, Briana, Brianda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Briann, Brianna, Brianne, Briauna, Brieanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brienna, Brienne, Bryana, Bryanna, Bryn in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Breanna, Brianna outside U.S.

Similar Names


Brenna is pronounced similarly to Brani, Breana, Breauna, Breawna, Breeana, Breeauna, Breiana, Breina, Brenee, Breona, Breonna, Briona, Brioni, Brionna, Briony, Bronia, Bronnie, Bronny, Bronya, Bruna, Bryonna and Bryony. Other recommended names are Arlenna (see Arlinda), Bena, Benni, Benny, Berna, Berny, Branca, Branda, Brann, Brayne, Brea, Breanda, Breann, Breaunne, Breda, Breea, Breean, Breiann, Breila, Brenda, Brendah, Brennda (see Brenda), Breonda, Bretta, Brionne, Brynda, Brynn, Buena, Carenna, Denna, Dreena, Drena, Erena, Genna, Glenna, Gretna, Guenna, Irenea, Irenka, Jenna, Karenna, Kenna, Lenna, Lorenna, Nenna, Oreana, Quenna, Serenna, Sienna, Sirenna, Treena, Treina and Trena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brenna.