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What does Brenda mean?

Brenda Pronunciation of Brenda as a girls' name is pronounced BREN-dah. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Brenda is "sword". Related to the English word "brand", meaning "to mark by burning". Until the 20th century, the name was used mainly in Scotland and Ireland. Its popularity in Gaelic-speaking countries has been influenced by its similarity to Brendan. Actress Brenda Vaccaro; comic strip heroine Brenda Starr.


ASSOCIATED WITH norse, sword (warrior), 20th century (modern), scotland, heroine


VARIANTS Bren, Brendah, Brendalynn, Brendell, Brendette, Brendie, Brendolyn, Brendyl, Brenn, Brennda, Brenndah, Brinda, Brynda, Labrenda



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How popular is Brenda?

Brenda is a very prominent first name for females (#31 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#59147 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Brenda entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its apex rank of #18 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #1012 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brenda name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular related form of Brenda (#1012 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is Brinda. These relations of Brenda were favored as birth names 6 decades ago (MEDIAN #835) and have become much less widespread since (#1506, 98.3% LESS USAGE), with the form Brenda going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brenda, Brinda in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Brenda is pronounced similarly to Branda, Brandais, Brandea, Brandee, Brandei, Brandi, Brandie, Brandii, Brandy, Brandye, Branndea, Branndi, Breanda, Breonda and Brianda. Other recommended sound-alike names are Arena, Barinda, Beda, Belenda, Bena, Blanda, Brana, Branca, Brand, Brandala (see Brandy), Brande, Brandin, Brandis, Brandyn, Branka, Brea, Breda, Breea, Breeda, Breena, Breila, Breina, Brenee, Brenna, Brennah, Brennan, Brenne, Brenyn, Breona, Breonna, Bretta, Briand, Brienna, Brinna, Bronia, Bronte, Bruna, Bryna, Buena, Dreda, Drena, Erena, Freada, Freda, Fredda, Freida, Glenda, Grenada, Gwenda, Irenea, Irenka, Jenda, Kenda, Lenda, Orelda, Orinda, Trena, Urena, Wenda and Zenda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brenda.

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