Brent

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brent

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  • A submission from Georgia, United States says the name Brent means "Hill" and is of Celtic origin.
  • A submission from Jamaica says the name Brent means "Love of Aaliyah life".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective
Senses
  1. Steep; high.(Obs)"Grapes grow on the brant rocks so wonderfully that ye will marvel how any man dare climb up to them." [Ascham.]
  2. Smooth; unwrinkled.(Scot)"Your bonnie brow was brent." [Burns.]

Etymology: AS. brant; akin to Dan. brat, Icel. brattr, steep

Brent
Burnt.
noun Brent
A brant. See Brant.

Etymology: Cf. Brant

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small dark geese that breed in the north and migrate southward
Wiktionary

From place names in Devon and Somerset, Celtic or Old English "hill".

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, taken to regular use in the 20th century.
  3. A small river of London, which joins the Thames at Brentford.
  4. A borough of North London, created in 1965 from the merger of the boroughs of Wembley and Willesden.

Notable Persons Named Brent

Brent Musburger is a sports commentator and sportscaster. Brent was given the name Brent Woody Musburger on May 26th, 1939 in Portland, Oregon.

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Brent Spiner is an actor, comedian, musician, and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 1970. Brent was given the name Brent Jay Spiner on February 2nd, 1949 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Brent Barry is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Rockets. He was most prominent from 1995 to 2009. Brent was born on December 31st, 1971 in Hempstead (village), New York.

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Brent Hinds is a heavy metal music, progressive metal, sludge metal, groove metal, stoner rock, alternative metal, and alternative country musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar, Banjo, Gibson Flying V, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, First Act, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1991 to 1991. Brent was given the name William Brent Hinds on January 16th, 1974 in Pelham, Alabama, United States.

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Brent Burns is a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League. He has been prominent since 2003. Brent was born on March 9th, 1985 in Barrie.

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Brent Weeks is a fantasy author. Brent was born on March 7th, 1977.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brent

David Brent is a general manager, entertainment, and sales.

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Carolyn A. Brent is an author and legislation advocate. She was most active from 2008 to present.

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George Brent was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1924 to 1960. George was given the name George Brendan Nolan on March 15th, 1904 in Ballinasloe. He died on May 26th, 1979.

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Josh Brent is a football player. Josh was born on January 30th, 1988 in Tulare, California.

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Her most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to 2011. Eve was given the name Jean Ann Ewers on September 11th, 1929 in Houston, Texas, U.S. Eve is also known as Jean Lewis. She left this life on August 27th, 2011.

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Tim Brent is a hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2004 to present. Tim was born on March 10th, 1984 in Cambridge, Ontario.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1885 5 0 5
1896 5 0 5
1910 5 0 5
1912 8 0 8
1913 6 0 6
1915 17 0 17
1916 18 0 18
1917 17 0 17
1918 19 0 19
1919 21 0 21
1920 22 0 22
1921 21 0 21
1922 14 0 14
1923 15 0 15
1924 18 0 18
1925 19 0 19
1926 21 0 21
1927 26 0 26
1928 19 0 19
1929 24 0 24
1930 29 0 29
1931 36 0 36
1932 32 0 32
1933 46 0 46
1934 45 0 45
1935 51 0 51
1936 65 0 65
1937 91 0 91
1938 114 0 114
1939 185 0 185
1940 288 0 288
1941 289 0 289
1942 315 0 315
1943 350 0 350
1944 315 0 315
1945 269 0 269
1946 506 0 506
1947 675 6 669
1948 646 0 646
1949 738 0 738
1950 914 6 908
1951 948 6 942
1952 1,084 0 1,084
1953 1,200 0 1,200
1954 1,237 7 1,230
1955 1,379 0 1,379
1956 1,452 0 1,452
1957 1,786 8 1,778
1958 2,080 6 2,074
1959 2,285 7 2,278
1960 2,268 9 2,259
1961 2,562 8 2,554
1962 2,566 6 2,560
1963 2,820 7 2,813
1964 2,745 0 2,745
1965 2,419 8 2,411
1966 2,693 5 2,688
1967 2,878 16 2,862
1968 2,928 8 2,920
1969 3,369 11 3,358 #92 boy name
1970 4,303 31 4,272 #74 boy name
1971 4,074 20 4,054 #73 boy name
1972 3,555 22 3,533 #76 boy name
1973 3,305 17 3,288 #80 boy name
1974 3,440 25 3,415 #76 boy name
1975 3,386 17 3,369 #79 boy name
1976 3,427 20 3,407 #78 boy name
1977 3,446 20 3,426 #85 boy name
1978 3,202 21 3,181 #87 boy name
1979 3,479 17 3,462 #84 boy name
1980 3,569 26 3,543 #84 boy name
1981 3,393 22 3,371 #89 boy name
1982 3,352 25 3,327 #91 boy name
1983 3,047 20 3,027 #94 boy name
1984 3,203 19 3,184 #89 boy name
1985 3,343 24 3,319 #89 boy name
1986 3,077 17 3,060 #94 boy name
1987 2,866 31 2,835
1988 2,883 16 2,867
1989 2,760 12 2,748
1990 2,618 10 2,608
1991 2,201 6 2,195
1992 1,958 0 1,958
1993 1,800 0 1,800
1994 1,631 0 1,631
1995 1,586 0 1,586
1996 1,341 5 1,336
1997 1,254 0 1,254
1998 1,202 0 1,202
1999 1,055 0 1,055
2000 900 0 900
2001 847 0 847
2002 727 0 727
2003 685 0 685
2004 645 0 645
2005 562 0 562
2006 544 0 544
2007 521 0 521
2008 469 0 469
2009 398 0 398
2010 368 0 368
2011 287 0 287
2012 317 0 317
2013 286 0 286
2014 263 0 263
2015 250 0 250
2016 209 0 209
2017 200 0 200
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Brent as a first name

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Popularity of Brent as a last name

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Common last names for Brent

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Clark
  • Bailey
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brent U.S.
  White 58.87% 64.26%
  African American 33.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brent

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

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Fun Facts about the name Brent

  • How Popular is the name Brent? Brent is the 510th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brent was the 4,535th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brent have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 139,252 babies born with the first name Brent in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brent to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brent? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brent first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brent is Wednesday, January 14th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Brent born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brent was in 1970 with a total of 4,272 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brent!
  • Random Brent Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brent ranks 58th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 57 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Brent: Your name in reverse order is Tnerb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enrbt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brent? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,820 people with the last name Brent.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brent? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Brent 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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