Brendan Name Meaning & Origin
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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It is of Irish, Gaelic and Celtic origin, and its meaning is "prince".
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Brendon Urie- Panic! At The Disco
St. Brendan the Navigator-6th Century Saint from Ireland said to have reached America long before Columbus.
St. Brendan of Birr - also a 6th century Irish saint; called Brendan the Elder and the Prophet of Ireland; advocate for St. Colomba (of Iona) and friend of St. Brendan the Navigator
Brendan Byrne-47th Governor of NJ
Brendan Shanahan -- NHL player for the Detroit red wings
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Early Celtic Christianity: song, "Holy Brendan"