What 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.
Related boy name: Brandon.Creative forms:
(male) Brendana, Burndan, ..
(female) Brenen, Brenga, .. Middle name pairings:
Brendan Graham (B.G.), ..
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 history of Brendan for boys. Brendan entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its peak rank of #96 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #388. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Brandon (#82 from recent data), Brenden (#898), Brendon (#1114), Brendyn, Brennan (#446), Brennen (#1266) and Brennon are the popular varying forms of Brendan (#388 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Brendan were popular with parents in the year 1994 (adoption of 1.8%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.38%, ▼79.1%).
Brendan▼ is pronounced similarly to Brandan▼, Branden▼, Brandin and Brandyn▼. Other suggested similar names are Barend, Berend, Bradan, Brand, Brander, Brando, Brandt, Branten, Brantin, Branton, Braydan, Brenan, Brendt, Brenn, Brennin, Brennt (see Brent), Brent▼, Brentan, Brenten, Brentin, Brently, Brenton, Brentt, Brentton, Brenttyn, Brentyn, Brenyn and Brindly. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brendan.See names in meaning and etymology.