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pinWhat does Brendan mean?

Brendan /bren-dan/ 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.


Brendan has 10 variants: Breandan, Bren, Brendano, Brenden, Brendin, Brendon, Brendyn, Brennan, Brennen and Brennon.

Related boy name: Brandon.

Brendan has 2 feminine forms: Brenda and Brennan.

Kreatif forms: Brenban, Brendanna, Burndan. [more]

pinHow popular is Brendan?

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)

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

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

Brandon (#71 from recent data), Brenden (#711), Brendon, Brennan (#386), Brennen and Brennon are the popular varying forms of Brendan (#351 from recent data) ranked in the Top 1000. These relations of Brendan were popular with parents in the year 1998 (adoption of 0.661%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.3544%, 46.4%). Brandon is more familiar than the rest, although Brendan seems to be gaining popularity too, while Brenden, Brendon and Brennen are now less common. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brendan and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brendan, Brandon, Brenden, Brendon, Brennan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brennen, Brennon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brendan, Brandon outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

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.