Bracken Name Meaning & Origin
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Bracken doesn't just mean fern in colloquial English. We country folk use it to mean any type of wilderness or woods, "out in the bracken" means something like "deep in the bush, deep in the thick of the wild." I like it for a rough-and-tumble little boy but I LOVE it as a masculine country name for a girl. I saw someone on Pinterest say Bracks/Brax could be a nickname to distance it from brackish (not a word you're likely to hear in regular conversation anyway!). That nn is on trend and just cute as a unisex!
While bracken is the name of a fern, it's a little-known word compared to brackish (meaning briny, distasteful). This gives the name an unpleasant aura to my ear, alas.
I don't think I've ever heard brackish used in everyday speech. Maybe in books. But the name isn't Brackish, anyway. It's Bracken, which has a lovely, green, wild connotation.
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My daughters first name is Bracken. Everyone loves her name as its different but not too unusual for her.
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Bracken is a genus of ferns consisting of about ten species, growing all over the world. The word bracken is of Norse origin.
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Bracken is the name of a main character in David Clement-Davies's novel Firebringer. Bracken is a doe.
Senator William Bracken is the name of a key antagonist in the television series 'Castle'.