Meaning and Name Origin
Brent \b-re-nt\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Brant.
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 (#3757 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Brent for boys. Brent was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #85 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is at #841 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brent and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Brent (#841 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Brentley (#635 the previous year), Brett (#664), Britt, Britton, Brenton, Brant and Bret. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1980-1989 and have become much less popular since, with the versions Brett, Brent, Brenton, Brant and Bret falling out of style. Brentley (#635) is the most chic name for newborns in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Brent▼ is pronounced similarly to Brandt, Brannt, Brantt, Briant, Bryant▼ and Bryent. Other suggested similar baby names are Barend, Bent, Berend, Bernt, Brand, Bren, Brenn and Trent▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brent.