Bruce Name Meaning & Origin

Bruce

Pronunciation: BROOS (key)

The world is full of macho guys named Bruce. Think Bruce Lee, Bruce Willis, Bruce Smith, Bruce Springsteen. Their combined muscle and swagger helps to offset the name's softness. Bruce once conjured up Scotland (a la Robert the Bruce) but the ethnic connection has faded, as the very non-Scottish Bruces above demonstrate.

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Bruce the moose

Meanings and history of the name Bruce

Bruce was the surname of a Scottish Clan, and is of Norman origins. Robert the Bruce was a king of Scotland in the 14th century. Became a given name in the 19th century.

Famous real-life people named Bruce

Bruce Willis - American actor
Bruce Springsteen - American musician
Bruce Lee - American actor and martial artist
Bruce Campbell - American actor
Bruce Morrow - American radio performer famous as "Cousin Brucie"

Bruce in song, story & screen

Bruce Wayne, billionaire playboy philanthropist and actual identity of Batman in comics, TV, and movies
Bruce Banner, actual identity of the Incredible Hulk in comics, TV, and movies.
"Bruce Almighty" Staring Jim Carrey
Mr. Bruce, chihuahua dog in the 2019 film "Hustlers"

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