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What does Brendan mean?

Brendan Pronunciation of Brendan as a boys' name is pronounced BREN-den. It is of Irish, Gaelic and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Brendan is "prince". From the old Irish personal name Bréanainn. Saint Brendan of Ireland (sixth century), known as "the Voyager", is famed for his scholarship and adventurous traveling, including a seven-year voyage to a land that some think may have been North America. Brendan of Birr was another sixth-century Irish saint. The modern Irish Gaelic form Breandán and the anglicized form Brendan are based on the medieval Latin form Brendanus. Irish playwright and wit, Brendan Behan; actor Brendan Fraser.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, prince (king), old, saint, modern, medieval


VARIANTS Breandan, Bren, Brendano, Brenden, Brendin, Brendon, Brendyn, Brennan, Brennen, Brennon

SEE ALSO Brandon

FEMININE FORMS Brenda, Brennan



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How popular is Brendan?

Brendan is a very prominent first name for males (#482 out of 1220, Top 39%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Brendan entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its peak rank of #96 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #564. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Brandon (#124 FROM RECENT DATA), Brenden (#1136), Brendon (#1311), Brendyn, Brennan (#662), Brennen and Brennon are the popular varying forms of Brendan (#564) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Brendan were popular with parents in the year 1994 (ADOPTION OF 1.8%) and are now much less conventional (ADOPTION 0.24%, 86.6%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brendan, Brandon, Brenden, Brendon, Brendyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brennan, Brennen, Brennon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brendan, Brandon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Brendan is pronounced similarly to Brandan, Branden, Brandin and Brandyn. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Barend, Berend, Bradan, Brand, Brander, Brando, Brandt, Branten, Brantin, Branton, Braydan, Brenan, Brendt, Brenn, Brennin, Brennt (see Brent), Brent, Brentan, Brenten, Brentin, Brently, Brenton, Brentt, Brentton, Brenttyn, Brentyn, Brenyn and Brindly. These names tend to be less frequently used than Brendan.

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