Meaning and Name Origin
Bruce \b-ru-ce\ as a boys' 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 1 feminine form: Brucie.
Bruce is a very popular first name for males (#67 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#541 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Bruce for boys. Bruce reached its peak position of #32 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is presently at #401. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Bruce and associated names. The only other popular variation form of Bruce (#401 a year ago) is Robert (#61 a year ago). These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and have become much less popular since, with the form Bruce becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Bruce▼ is alike in pronunciation 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.