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What does Brent mean?

Brent Pronunciation of Brent as a boys' name is pronounced brent. It is of Old English and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Brent is "hill, mount". Transferred use of the surname. The name may also have originally referred to criminals burned or branded as punishment. The popularity of the name may have been influenced by Brett. Newscaster Brent Musburger.


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VARIANTS Brendt, Brennt, Brentan, Brenten, Brentin, Brentley, Brently, Brenton, Brentt, Brentyn


RELATIONS VIA BRETT Bret, Breton, Brette, Bretton, Brit, Britt, Britte

(male) Brynt, ..

(female) Breni, ..

Brent Deegan (B.D.), ..

How popular is Brent?

Brent is a very popular first name for men (#195 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#4408 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Brent reached its highest rank of #82 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is at #973 presently. (2016 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brent name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Brent (#973 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) listed in the Top 2000 are Brett (#729), Brentley (#747), Brenton (#1145), Brant (#1847), Brently (#1909), Bret and Britt. These forms of Brent were at the apex of their popularity 36 years ago (AVERAGE #833) and have become much less common since (#1418, 86.3% LESS USAGE), with versions like Brent going out of style. Brentley is the most chic name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brent, Brant, Brentley, Brently, Brenton in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bret, Brett, Britt in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Brent is pronounced similarly to Brandt, Brannt, Brantt, Briant, Bryant and Bryent. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Barend, Baret, Ben, Benet, Bengt, Benn, Bennt, Bent, Berend, Bernt, Bert, Biren, Bran, Brand, Brann, Breck, Breed, Bren, Brenan, Brenn, Brenyn, Brien, Bron, Bruno, Bryen, Bryn, Byren, Grant, Kent, Lorent, Quent and Trent. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brent.

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