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Meaning and name origin

Bruce \b-ru-ce\ as a boy's name is pronounced brooce. It is of Norman French origin. Transferred use of the Scottish surname. Originally a Norman baronial name and place name. The Bruces were an influenctial Norman family in Scottish affairs in the early Middle Ages. The tale of its most famous member, Robert "the Bruce", King of Scotland in the 14th century, who watched and learned the value of perseverance from a spider repeatedly climbing up again after being knocked down, has become a part of the world's folklore. Musician Bruce Springsteen; actor Bruce Willis.


Bruce has 2 variant forms: Brucey and Brucie.

For more information, see also related boy names Robert and Brewster.

There is 1 feminine form of Bruce: Brucie.


Bruce is a very popular first name for males (#67 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#541 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bruce for boys. Bruce reached its highest rank of #32 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bruce name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bruce and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Robert (#61) and Bruce (#401). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bruce, Robert in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bruce is also pronounced similarly to Brice, Brose, Bryce and Bryse. Other suggested similar baby names are Baruch, Boruch, Breck, Brick, Broc, Brock and Brocke. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bruce.