Wren: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Wren

Wren

Pronunciation: REHN (key)

Origin of the name Wren:

Derived from the Old English wrenna, wroenna (wren).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Wren: | Edit

My middle name is Wren. I never realized it was strange until I got older and people made comments about it. I like it, but people ask, "Is it like 'Ren and Stimpy'"? My father's family is Native American and his name is Bird, so my parents decided to give me a name reflective of that.

I love this name even though it gets negative reviews because it's the name for a small, scrawny songbird. It's a combination of my parents' names: William and Karen. If I don't use this as a first name, it will definitely be a middle name for my daughter.

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Though all resources pointed to this name being used for boys, we named our girl Wren. It's full of uniqueness without being difficult. She loves her name and I couldn't imagine a better fit.

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Meanings and history of the name Wren: | Edit

A wren is any of a family (Troglodytidae) of small, typically-brownish oscine singing birds; especially a very small, widely distributed bird (Troglodytes troglodytes) that has a short erect tail and is noted for its song

Famous real-life people named Wren: | Edit

Alan Wren (born 1964), English rock drummer
Bob Wren (born 1974), Canadian ice hockey player
Christopher Wren (1632–1723), English architect and scientist
Frank Wren (born 1958), American baseball executive
John Wren (1871–1953), Australian businessman
M. K. Wren (born 1938), American author
Matthew Wren (1585–1667), English clergyman and scholar
P. C. Wren (1875–1941), British author
Thomas Wren (1826–1904), American politician
Wren Blackberry, American teacher and author
Wren Blair (born 1925), a former Canadian ice hockey coach

Wren in song, story & screen: | Edit

Wren MacPherson, baby character in the comic strip "Baby Blues" by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott
Wren is the heroine of the children's book "Wren to the Rescue" by Sherwood Smith. Her princess friend is Tess.
Wren in the 2012 teen Halloween movie "Fun Sized"
Wren Kim/Kingston was a boyfriend character in/on "Pretty Little Liars" (circa 2010)
Wren, a scientist from the movie Alien Resurrection
The Wren, an escape artist from the movie Cube
Wren Elessedil, a character from the Heritage of Shannara series of fantasy novels
Wren (Phantasy Star III), an android from the video game Phantasy Star III
Wren (Phantasy Star IV), a different android from the video game Phantasy Star IV
Wren MacPherson, the third and last child of Darryl and Wanda McPherson in the comic strip Baby Blues
Wren Natsworthy, daughter to Tom and Hester Natsworthy in the last installments of Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines Quartet
Wren Douglas, a plus-sized model and author in Significant Others, the fifth book in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series
Ren Stevens from the Disney show "Even Stevens"
"Ren & Stimpy Show" (Early 90s)

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