What does Brendan mean?
Brendan \b-ren-dan, br(e)-ndan\ as a boys' name is pronounced BREN-den. It is of Irish, Gaelic and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Brendan is "prince". From the old Irish personal name Bréanainn. Saint Brendan of Ireland (sixth century), known as "the Voyager", is famed for his scholarship and adventurous traveling, including a seven-year voyage to a land that some think may have been North America. Brendan of Birr was another sixth-century Irish saint. The modern Irish Gaelic form Breandán and the anglicized form Brendan are based on the medieval Latin form Brendanus. Irish playwright and wit, Brendan Behan; actor Brendan Fraser.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Brandon.
Brendan is a very prominent first name for males (#482 out of 1220, Top 39%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Brendan for boys. Brendan entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #96 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #351. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Brandon (#71 last year), Brenden (#711), Brendon, Brennan (#386), Brennen and Brennon are the popular varying forms of Brendan (#351 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity in 1998 and are now much less widespread, with the forms Brenden, Brendon and Brennen becoming less fashionable. Brandon (#71), Brendan (#351) and Brennan (#386) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brendan and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Brendan▲ is pronounced similarly to Brandan▼, Branden▼, Brandin and Brandyn▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Brenan, Brendt, Brentan, Brenten, Brentin, Brenton▼ and Brentyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brendan.