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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bran
  1. The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain.
  2. [Zoöl] The European carrion crow.

Etymology: OE. bren bran, OF. bren, F. bran, from Celtic; cf. Armor. brenn, Ir. bran, bran, chaff

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  1. Food prepared from the husks of cereal grains
  2. Broken husks of the seeds of cereal grains that are separated from the flour by sifting

From Old French bren, bran (“bran, filth”), from Gaulish brennos (“rotten”), from Proto-Celtic *bragnos (“rotten, foul”) (compare Welsh braen (“stench”), Irish bréan (“rancid”), Walloon brin (“excrement”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreHg- (compare Latin fragrāre (“to smell strongly”), Dutch brak (“hound”)).

  1. The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain.
  2. The European carrion crow.

bran was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Cornish, Irish, Old French, Old Irish, Slovene, and Welsh

Notable Persons Named Bran

Bran Stark is a fictional character.


Brân the Blessed is a fictional character.


Bran Mak Morn is a monarch.


Bran Ferren is a co-founder and chief creative officer, applied minds, chief creative officer, and co-founder andchief creative officer. Bran was born on January 16th, 1953.


He left this life in 795.


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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bran

Jimmy Bran is a soccer player for the Rocafuerte Fútbol Club, Club Sport Emelec, Club Deportivo El Nacional, Manta Fútbol Club, Deportivo Azogues, Deportivo Cuenca, Centro Deportivo Olmedo, Independiente del Valle, Técnico Universitario, and Ecuador national football team. Jimmy was born on July 15th, 1979 in Guayaquil.


John was born in 1909. He passed away in 1978.


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Popularity of Bran as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bran U.S.
  White 13.57% 64.26%
  African American 1.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 82.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bran

People with the last name Bran are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Bran

  • How Popular is the name Bran? Bran is the 27,958th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bran was the 16,887th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bran have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 184 babies born with the first name Bran in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bran 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 Bran? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bran first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bran is Sunday, December 28th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Bran born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bran was in 2016 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bran: Your name in reverse order is Narb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nbra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bran? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,687 people with the last name Bran.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bran? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bran as their last name since less than 1 person in 175k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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