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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.

Associated with: irish, prince (king), saint, modern, medieval


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:
(male) Brendana, Burndan, ..

(female) Brenen, Brenga, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 #351. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 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 (#1068), Brendyn, Brennan (#386), Brennen (#1205) and Brennon (#1983) are the popular varying forms of Brendan (#351 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 0.43%, 75.9%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brendan, Brandon, Brenden, Brendon, Brendyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brennan, Brennen, Brennon in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.