Brendan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Brendan

Brendan

Pronunciation: BREHN-dən (key)

Origin of the name Brendan:

Variant form of Branton, a surname that originated from English place-names composed of the Old English elements brom (broom, brushwood) and dun (hill): hence, “dweller near the brushwood hill.” Alter-natively, Brandon is a variant form of Brendan, an Angli-cized form of the Irish Breandán (prince). Var: Brendon.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Our 7 year old is named Brendan. I like the name and it combines my husband's name (Brent) with my dad's name (Danny), which is cool. I do find there is some spelling confusion (Brandon, Brenden, Brendon) and a lot of similar sounding names in his school now, which I hadn't anticipated. It is easy to pronounce and suits our family well.

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Bren
Brennie/Brenny
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Bean
Beanie
Brendy
Brendo
Brend
Bren Bren

Meanings and history of the name Brendan: | Edit

It is of Irish, Gaelic and Celtic origin, and its meaning is "prince".

Famous real-life people named Brendan: | Edit

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Gleason
Brendan Urie- Panic! At The Disco
St. Brendan the Navigator-6th Century Saint from Ireland said to have reached America long before Columbus.
Brendan Byrne-47th Governor of NJ
Brendan Shanahan -- NHL player for the Detroit red wings

Brendan in song, story & screen: | Edit

Early Celtic Christianity: song, "Holy Brendan"

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