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What does Bret mean?

Bret Pronunciation of Bret [bret] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Bret) has its root in Latin, and the name Bret means "from Britany or Britain". Bret is an alternate form of Brett (Latin).

Associated with: britain (england).


Bret has 4 variants: Brette, Brit, Britt and Britte.

3 more relations via Brett: Breton, Bretton and Briton.

Creative forms:
(male) Breta, Buet, ..

(female) Brah, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bret Saad (B.S.), ..

How popular is Bret?

Bret is a very popular first name for men (#507 out of 1220, Top 42%) and a slightly less popular surname for all people (#127186 out of 150436, Top 85%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Bret entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #267 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Bret are Brett (#748 last year) and Britt. These relations of Bret were popular as birth names in the 1980s (usage of 0.26%) and have become significantly less conventional since (usage 0.02%, down 93%), with versions such as Bret becoming somewhat dated.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arnet, Barek, Baret, Barnet, Barret, Barrt, Bart, Bartt (see Bart), Bat, Ben, Benet, Bent, Bernet, Bernt, Bert, Bev, Biren, Birket (see Birkett), Boe, Boot, Brad, Brae, Bram, Bran, Brant, Bray, Breck, Breed, Bren, Brendt, Brenn, Brennt (see Brent), Brent, Brentt, Bri, Brien, Brik, Broc, Brod, Brok, Bron, Bruto, Brye, Bryen, Bryent, Bryn, Buel, Burket, Burnet, Burt, Burtt, Byren, Chet, Jet, Ornet and Piet. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bret.

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