Meaning and name origin
Brendan \b-ren-dan, br(e)-ndan\ as a boy's 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 information, see also the related boy name Brandon.
Brendan is a very popular first name for males (#482 out of 1220, Top 39%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Brendan for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brendan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Brandon (#71), Brendan (#351), Brennan (#386), Brenden (#711), Brennon, Brennen and Brendon. (2014 statistics).
Brendan is also 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 commonly used than Brendan.