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What does Bruce mean?

Bruce Pronunciation of Bruce 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. Also form of Brewster.


ASSOCIATED WITH surname, norman, baronial (noble), tale (literary), famous, king


VARIANTS Brucey, Brucie



(male) Barce, ..

(female) Brule, ..

Bruce Gadiel (B.G.), ..

How popular is Bruce?

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 (#583 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Bruce reached its peak position of #32 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is presently at #478. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular variation form of Bruce (#478 A YEAR AGO) is Robert (#71). These relations of Bruce reached the top of their popularity 88 years ago (MEDIAN #41) and have become much less popular since (#274, 94.5%), with forms such as Bruce becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bruce, Robert in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bruce is alike in pronunciation to Brice, Brose, Bryce and Bryse. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Baruch, Boruch, Boyce, Brae, Breck, Brick, Broc, Brock, Brocke, Bruin, Brunel, Bruno, Bruto, Brycen, Brye, Buck, Luce, Price, Pryce and Trace. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bruce.