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Origin and Meaning of Bree

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  • A submission from Virginia, United States says the name Bree means "A cute lady with tons of love and attention" and is of Unknown origin.
  • A submission from Virginia, United States says the name Bree means "The best thing that has ever happened to me" and is of English origin.
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From Middle English bre, bregh, from Old English brēġ (“eyelid”) (Anglian dialect). Compare West Saxon brǣw, brēaw, brēaġ (“eyelid”), from Proto-Germanic *brēwō. Cognate with Dutch (wenk)brauw, German Braue. Apparently related to brow.

  1. (obsolete or dialectal, Scotland) The eyelid.
  2. (obsolete or dialectal, Scotland) The eyebrow.
  3. (Scotland) The brow; forehead.

From Middle English bre, breie (“broth; gravy”), apparently from Old English brīw, brīġ (“pottage; porridge”), from Proto-Germanic *brīwaz (“porridge; mash”), whence also German Brei, Dutch brij. Alternatively, the word could be a cognate of German Brühe (“broth”), from Middle High German brüeje, from the verb brüejen (“to scald, boil”), from Proto-Germanic *brōaną, whence modern German brühen, Dutch broeien, Middle Low German brȫjen. This is less likely, however, since the verb is not attested in English nor in Old Norse. Both paths eventually lead to the Proto-Indo-European root *bʰrewh₁- (“to boil, toss, cook, brew”), whence also English broth and brew.

  1. (obsolete outside Scotland) Broth.

    bree was also found in the following language(s): Manx, Scots, and Spanish

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    Bree was given the name Rachel Marie Oberlin on October 7th, 1986 in Houston. Bree is also known as Oberlin and Rachel Marie.


    Bree Turner is an actress and actor. She was most active from 1996 to present. Bree was given the name Bree Nicole Turner on March 10th, 1977 in Palo Alto, California.


    Brody Dalle is a punk rock, alternative rock, hardcore punk, and garage rock musician. She plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, Fender Telecaster Custom, and Vocals. She has had major accomplishments since 1995. Brody was given the name Bree Joanna Alice Robinson on January 1st, 1979 in Melbourne.


    Bree Van de Kamp is a soap character.


    Bree Williamson is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1999. Bree was born on December 28th, 1979 in Toronto.


    Bree Walker is an actress, talk show host, news anchor, and news presenter. Bree was given the name Patricia Lynn Nelson in Oakland, California.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bree

    James Bree is a soccer player for the Barnsley F.C. James was born on October 11th, 1997 in Wakefield, England.


    Jonathan Bree is an indie pop record producer, musician, and singer-songwriter. He was most active from 1998 to present.


    Bianca Bree is an actress and actor. They were most prominent from 2008 to present. Bianca was given the name Bianca Van Varenberg on October 17th, 1990. Bianca is also known as Bianca Van Damme.


    Andrew Bree is a swimmer. Andrew was born on March 16th, 1981 in Helen's Bay.


    Declan Bree is a Sligo County Councillor and Teachta Dála. Declan was born on July 1st, 1951.


    Johannes was born on January 29th, 1801 in Amsterdam. He left this life on February 14th, 1857.


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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1971 30 30 0
    1972 131 131 0
    1973 91 91 0
    1974 132 132 0
    1975 167 160 7
    1976 241 241 0
    1977 278 273 5
    1978 241 236 5
    1979 216 216 0
    1980 200 200 0
    1981 167 167 0
    1982 147 147 0
    1983 124 124 0
    1984 129 129 0
    1985 124 124 0
    1986 99 99 0
    1987 108 108 0
    1988 131 131 0
    1989 206 206 0
    1990 202 202 0
    1991 187 187 0
    1992 196 196 0
    1993 130 130 0
    1994 176 176 0
    1995 161 161 0
    1996 154 154 0
    1997 129 129 0
    1998 120 120 0
    1999 131 131 0
    2000 134 134 0
    2001 145 145 0
    2002 155 155 0
    2003 162 162 0
    2004 162 162 0
    2005 232 232 0
    2006 279 279 0
    2007 263 263 0
    2008 259 259 0
    2009 265 265 0
    2010 307 307 0
    2011 267 267 0
    2012 265 265 0
    2013 240 240 0
    2014 239 239 0
    2015 220 220 0
    2016 193 193 0
    2017 151 151 0

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bree U.S.
      White 87.69% 64.26%
      African American 6.76% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.65% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bree

    People with the last name Bree are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Bree

    • How Popular is the name Bree? Bree is the 2,772nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Bree was the 34,110th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bree have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,486 babies born with the first name Bree in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bree to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bree? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 30 new born babies.
    • When was Bree first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bree is Tuesday, October 23rd, 1894.
    • What year had the most people named Bree born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bree was in 2010 with a total of 307 babies.
    • Random Bree Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bree is not a popular baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 2009.
    • Weird things about the name Bree: Your name in reverse order is Eerb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rebe. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bree? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 666 people with the last name Bree.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bree? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bree as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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