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What does Byrne mean?

Byrne /byr-ne/ as a boys' name is of Middle English origin, and the name Byrne means "brook". Byrne is a variant form of Burns (Middle English) with the prefix By-.


Byrne has 6 variants: Beirne, Bourn, Bourne, Burn, Burne and Byrn.

Byrne has 3 more related forms via Burns: Burney, Burnis and Byrnes.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Brine, Byrke, ..

(female) Byrna, Byrni, ..

How popular is Byrne?

Byrne is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1106 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Popular varying forms of Byrne (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 are Burns, Burnis and Burney. Other variants, like Bourne, are seldom used. These forms of Byrne were at the apex of their popularity a century ago. Shown below is a comparison of the history of Byrne and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burney, Burnis, Burns in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Byrne and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Byrne is pronounced similarly to Bern, Berne, Biron, Bjorn, Bjorne, Born and Borne. Other recommended names are Arne, Bane, Barde, Barna, Barnes, Barnet, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barny, Bayne, Benne, Berke, Berle, Bernd, Bernet, Bernie, Bernt, Berny, Birney, Birnie, Birny (see Birney), Bjarne, Blane, Boine, Boone, Boyne, Brae, Brye, Burke, Burle, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnet, Burnie, Byram, Byran, Byrd, Byrdie, Byren, Byrley, Byrom, Byron, Byrum, Carne, Herne, Kyrone, Lorne, Ryne, Tyrone, Verne and Wynne. These names tend to be more frequently used than Byrne.