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What does Byrne mean?

Byrne Pronunciation of Byrne [byrne] as a boys' name is of Middle English origin, and the name Byrne means "brook". Byrne is a variant form of Burns (Middle English).

Associated with: brook (river).


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

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

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

(female) Byrna, Byrni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Byrne Westin (B.W.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. 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. (2015 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.

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