Meaning and Name Origin
Brett \b-re-tt\ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Brett) is pronounced bret. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Brett is "from Britany or Britain". Transferred use of the surname, which originated in the Middle Ages as an ethnic name for a native of Brittany (France), or Britain (England). American writer Bret Harte; French painter Jules Breton; baseball players Brett Butler, and Brett Saberhagen; football player Brett Favre.
For more information, see also the related boy name Brent.
Brett is a very popular first name for men (#204 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#5718 out of 88799, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Brett for boys. Brett was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #78 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is presently at #664. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Brett and related names. Brent (#841 a year ago), Britton, Britt and Bret are the popular varying forms of Brett (#664 a year ago). These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Brett, Brent and Bret becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)