What does Brendan mean?
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.
Related boy name: Brandon.more]
How 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)
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)
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.