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Origin and Meaning of Bracken

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brack"en
A brake or fern.

Etymology: OE. braken, AS. bracce. See 2d Brake (n.)

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  1. Large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
  2. Fern of southeastern Asia; not hardy in cold temperate regions
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From Middle English braken, probably of Scandinavian origin. Cognates include Danish bregne and Swedish bräken (“fern”).

  1. (uncountable, countable) Any of several coarse ferns, of genus Pteridium, that forms dense thickets; often poisonous to livestock.
  2. (uncountable) An area of countryside heavily populated by this fern.

Notable Persons Named Bracken

Bracken Kearns is a hockey player for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Bracken was born on May 12th, 1981 in Vancouver.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bracken

Eddie Bracken was an actor, comedian, and singer. He was most prominent from 1930 to 1930. Eddie was given the name Edward Vincent Bracken on February 7th, 1915 in Astoria, Queens, New York, U.S. He passed away on November 14th, 2002.

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Josephine was given the name Marie Josephine Leopoldine Bracken on October 3rd, 1876 in Victoria, Hong Kong. She passed away on March 15th, 1902.

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Nathan Bracken is a cricketer. Nathan was born on September 12th, 1977 in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.

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Kate Bracken is an actress and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to 2011. Kate was born on June 12th, 1990 in Scotland.

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Alexandra Bracken is a fantasy author. Alexandra was born on February 27th, 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The Viscount Bracken is a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. The was born on February 15th, 1901 in Templemore.

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How popular is the baby name Bracken in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1971 6 0 6
1972 5 0 5
1975 13 0 13
1976 7 0 7
1977 8 0 8
1979 7 0 7
1980 8 0 8
1981 6 0 6
1982 6 0 6
1983 15 0 15
1985 6 0 6
1986 8 0 8
1987 5 0 5
1988 9 0 9
1989 7 0 7
1990 9 0 9
1991 15 0 15
1992 15 0 15
1993 16 0 16
1994 9 0 9
1995 11 0 11
1996 16 0 16
1997 20 0 20
1998 31 0 31
1999 14 0 14
2000 17 0 17
2001 21 0 21
2002 22 0 22
2003 16 0 16
2004 15 0 15
2005 12 0 12
2006 22 0 22
2007 23 0 23
2008 16 0 16
2009 16 0 16
2010 14 0 14
2011 13 0 13
2012 23 0 23
2013 14 0 14
2014 17 0 17
2015 8 0 8
2016 15 0 15
2017 16 0 16

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Popularity of Bracken as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bracken U.S.
  White 89.72% 64.26%
  African American 5.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

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People with the last name Bracken are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bracken

  • How Popular is the name Bracken? Bracken is the 15,005th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bracken was the 4,299th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bracken have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 572 babies born with the first name Bracken in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bracken to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bracken? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Bracken first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bracken is Friday, August 23rd, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Bracken born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bracken was in 1998 with a total of 31 babies.
  • Random Bracken Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bracken is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Bracken: Your name in reverse order is Nekcarb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enrkcba. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bracken? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,265 people with the last name Bracken.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bracken? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Bracken as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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