Brenda

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609k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
232
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brenda

"Brenda" is a name of Scandinavian origin, and it means "Sword". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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Possibly from Old Norse brandr (“sword”); by folk etymology seen as a feminine form of Brendan. Its use as a nickname for Queen Elizabeth II originated in Private Eye in reaction to a perceived attempt by the royals to appear less distant and upper class.

  1. A female given name.
  2. (Britain, humorous) Queen Elizabeth II.
  3. A rural municipality in Manitoba.

Notable Persons Named Brenda

Brenda Song is an actress, singer, spokesperson, film producer, and model. She was most active from 1993 to present. Brenda was born on March 27th, 1988 in Carmichael, California.

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Crystal Gayle is a country music, pop music, jazz, and crossover music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to present. Crystal was given the name Brenda Gail Webb on January 9th, 1951.

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Brenda Lee is a rock, roll, pop music, rockabilly, country music, and gospel music musician. She has been prominent since 1955. Brenda was given the name Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11th, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Brenda was given the name Brenda Ann Spencer on April 3rd, 1962 in San Diego, California.

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Brenda Strong is an actress, narrator, and actor. She has been prominent since 1985. Brenda was given the name Brenda Lee Strong on March 25th, 1960 in Brightwood, Oregon, U.S.

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Brenda Blethyn is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1980. Brenda was given the name Brenda Anne Bottle on February 20th, 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1897 7 7 0
1901 6 6 0
1903 5 5 0
1904 6 6 0
1905 8 8 0
1908 7 7 0
1910 8 8 0
1911 9 9 0
1912 17 17 0
1913 12 12 0
1914 15 15 0
1915 21 21 0
1916 23 23 0
1917 18 18 0
1918 28 28 0
1919 30 30 0
1920 32 32 0
1921 32 32 0
1922 44 44 0
1923 43 43 0
1924 45 45 0
1925 58 58 0
1926 55 55 0
1927 47 47 0
1928 54 54 0
1929 60 60 0
1930 63 63 0
1931 66 66 0
1932 95 95 0
1933 90 90 0
1934 106 106 0
1935 132 132 0
1936 164 164 0
1937 233 233 0
1938 676 676 0
1939 2,775 2,756 19 #86 girl name
1940 5,460 5,441 19 #42 girl name
1941 6,363 6,331 32 #41 girl name
1942 7,265 7,237 28 #40 girl name
1943 8,457 8,435 22 #35 girl name
1944 9,026 8,998 28 #30 girl name
1945 9,232 9,205 27 #29 girl name
1946 12,724 12,690 34 #24 girl name
1947 15,864 15,827 37 #21 girl name
1948 17,733 17,694 39 #17 girl name
1949 20,588 20,545 43 #13 girl name
1950 20,838 20,797 41 #14 girl name
1951 21,761 21,717 44 #14 girl name
1952 21,488 21,444 44 #15 girl name
1953 20,183 20,134 49 #18 girl name
1954 19,642 19,603 39 #18 girl name
1955 19,163 19,122 41 #18 girl name
1956 19,376 19,338 38 #19 girl name
1957 24,377 24,321 56 #13 girl name
1958 21,383 21,338 45 #16 girl name
1959 21,472 21,419 53 #16 girl name
1960 24,022 23,959 63 #13 girl name
1961 23,843 23,771 72 #11 girl name
1962 21,339 21,274 65 #12 girl name
1963 19,657 19,604 53 #15 girl name
1964 17,153 17,107 46 #18 girl name
1965 15,115 15,059 56 #23 girl name
1966 13,338 13,296 42 #25 girl name
1967 11,517 11,479 38 #31 girl name
1968 9,983 9,942 41 #34 girl name
1969 9,027 8,992 35 #38 girl name
1970 8,355 8,335 20 #40 girl name
1971 7,190 7,162 28 #43 girl name
1972 6,296 6,270 26 #44 girl name
1973 5,404 5,383 21 #53 girl name
1974 4,846 4,829 17 #59 girl name
1975 4,265 4,240 25 #67 girl name
1976 3,603 3,586 17 #77 girl name
1977 3,168 3,151 17 #91 girl name
1978 2,885 2,871 14
1979 2,793 2,771 22
1980 2,671 2,647 24
1981 2,751 2,721 30
1982 2,543 2,518 25
1983 2,461 2,431 30
1984 2,525 2,494 31
1985 2,420 2,384 36
1986 2,290 2,240 50
1987 2,197 2,151 46
1988 2,327 2,285 42
1989 2,314 2,270 44
1990 2,665 2,633 32
1991 2,677 2,633 44
1992 2,853 2,825 28
1993 2,920 2,885 35
1994 2,680 2,652 28
1995 2,640 2,611 29
1996 2,424 2,413 11
1997 2,169 2,158 11
1998 2,142 2,133 9
1999 1,978 1,978 0
2000 1,898 1,898 0
2001 1,739 1,734 5
2002 1,556 1,550 6
2003 1,449 1,442 7
2004 1,670 1,659 11
2005 1,667 1,660 7
2006 1,417 1,417 0
2007 1,235 1,230 5
2008 968 968 0
2009 779 779 0
2010 732 732 0
2011 546 546 0
2012 561 561 0
2013 439 439 0
2014 382 382 0
2015 349 349 0
2016 338 338 0

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Popularity of Brenda as a first name

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Popularity of Brenda as a last name

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Common last names for Brenda

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Harris
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brenda U.S.
  White 76.29% 64.26%
  African American 11.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brenda

People with the last name Brenda are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Brenda

  • How Popular is the name Brenda? Brenda is the 94th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brenda was the 81,458th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brenda have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 608,656 babies born with the first name Brenda in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brenda to occupy the country of Western Sahara with an estimated population of 567,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brenda? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1897 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Brenda first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brenda is Tuesday, May 5th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Brenda born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brenda was in 1957 with a total of 24,321 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brenda!
  • Random Brenda Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brenda ranks 11th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Florida. Imagine that, 683 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Brenda: Your name in reverse order is Adnerb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ebanrd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brenda? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 232 people with the last name Brenda.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brenda? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brenda as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m 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).
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