Brendan

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brendan

"Brendan" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Prince". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Anglicized from the Irish Bréanann (via Latin Brendanus), ultimately from a Celtic word meaning "prince". It was borne by two Irish saints.

  1. A male given name.

Brendan was also found in the following language(s): Faroese

Notable Persons Named Brendan

Brendan Fraser is an actor. He was most active from 1988 to present. Brendan was given the name Brendan James Fraser on December 3rd, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

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Brendan Gleeson is an actor and director. His ongoing career started in 1989. Brendan was born on March 29th, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Brendan was born on March 18th, 1983 in Aurora, Colorado, United States.

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Brendan Rodgers is a soccer player for the Ballymena United F.C., Reading F.C., Newport (IOW) F.C., Witney Town A.F.C., Newbury Town F.C., Northern Ireland national under-16 football team, and Republic of Ireland national football team. Brendan was born on January 26th, 1973 in Carnlough, Northern Ireland.

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Brendan O'Carroll is an actor, comedian, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Brendan was born on September 15th, 1955 in Finglas.

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Brendan was born in 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brendan

He has had major accomplishments since 1988. Brendan was given the name Lynch, Brendan in 1937 in Abbeyfeale.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1912 9 0 9
1913 8 0 8
1914 13 0 13
1915 7 0 7
1916 10 0 10
1917 12 0 12
1918 10 0 10
1919 16 0 16
1920 12 0 12
1921 9 0 9
1922 15 0 15
1923 21 0 21
1924 17 0 17
1925 20 0 20
1926 19 0 19
1927 18 0 18
1928 18 0 18
1929 17 0 17
1930 21 0 21
1931 11 0 11
1932 25 0 25
1933 24 0 24
1934 33 0 33
1935 34 0 34
1936 40 0 40
1937 36 0 36
1938 33 0 33
1939 32 0 32
1940 32 0 32
1941 43 0 43
1942 37 0 37
1943 55 0 55
1944 39 0 39
1945 48 0 48
1946 49 0 49
1947 40 0 40
1948 51 0 51
1949 51 0 51
1950 61 0 61
1951 55 0 55
1952 66 0 66
1953 78 0 78
1954 69 0 69
1955 97 0 97
1956 115 0 115
1957 142 0 142
1958 123 0 123
1959 179 0 179
1960 216 0 216
1961 241 0 241
1962 241 0 241
1963 244 0 244
1964 288 0 288
1965 309 0 309
1966 489 0 489
1967 444 0 444
1968 503 5 498
1969 472 0 472
1970 568 0 568
1971 543 0 543
1972 503 0 503
1973 552 0 552
1974 644 11 633
1975 661 6 655
1976 838 0 838
1977 779 10 769
1978 905 7 898
1979 996 5 991
1980 1,114 11 1,103
1981 1,159 0 1,159
1982 1,206 8 1,198
1983 1,280 7 1,273
1984 1,346 14 1,332
1985 1,390 11 1,379
1986 1,414 16 1,398
1987 1,823 17 1,806
1988 1,803 13 1,790
1989 2,160 13 2,147
1990 2,006 9 1,997
1991 2,187 0 2,187
1992 2,308 12 2,296
1993 2,321 19 2,302
1994 2,739 10 2,729
1995 2,702 11 2,691
1996 2,828 16 2,812
1997 3,633 12 3,621
1998 3,888 10 3,878 #99 boy name
1999 4,004 10 3,994 #96 boy name
2000 3,666 10 3,656
2001 3,348 5 3,343
2002 3,151 10 3,141
2003 2,871 5 2,866
2004 2,736 17 2,719
2005 2,367 7 2,360
2006 2,170 0 2,170
2007 1,926 0 1,926
2008 1,895 8 1,887
2009 1,760 0 1,760
2010 1,525 0 1,525
2011 1,311 0 1,311
2012 1,147 0 1,147
2013 1,005 0 1,005
2014 919 0 919
2015 821 0 821
2016 683 0 683

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Popularity of Brendan as a first name

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Common last names for Brendan

  • Sullivan
  • Murphy
  • Kelly
  • Smith
  • Lynch
  • Obrien
  • Duffy
  • Jones

Fun Facts about the name Brendan

  • How Popular is the name Brendan? Brendan is the 685th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Brendan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 89,018 babies born with the first name Brendan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brendan to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brendan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Brendan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brendan is Sunday, October 22nd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Brendan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brendan was in 1999 with a total of 3,994 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brendan!
  • Random Brendan Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brendan ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 211 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Brendan: Your name in reverse order is Nadnerb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Deanrbn. How do you pronounce that?

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