Brett

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161k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Brett mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Brett

"Brett" is a name of English origin, and it means "Breton". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brett
Same as Britzska.
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ meaning "Breton, an inhabitant of Brittany".
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name
  4. (informal) Brettanomyces, a yeast genus that can affect the taste of wine.

Brett was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Brett

Brett Favre is a football player for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings. Brett was born on October 10th, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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Brett Dalton is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Brett was given the name Brett Patrick Dalton on January 7th, 1983 in San Jose, California.

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Brett Ratner is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, music video director, and film editing. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Brett was born on March 28th, 1969 in Miami Beach, Florida, US.

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Brett Dier is an actor. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Brett was born on February 14th, 1990 in London, Ontario.

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Brett Somers was an actress, comedian, singer, game show panelist, and writer. She was most active from 1955 to 2006. Brett was given the name Audrey Johnston on July 11th, 1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Brett is also known as Audrey Klugman and Dawn Johnston. She breathed her last breath on September 15th, 2007.

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Brett Eldredge is a country music singer-songwriter. He plays Vocals and guitar. His ongoing career started in 2010. Brett was given the name Brett Ryan Eldredge on March 23rd, 1986.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brett

He was most prominent from 1954 to present. Jeremy was given the name Peter Jeremy William Huggins on November 3rd, 1933 in Berkswell, Warwickshire, England. He died on September 12th, 1995.

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George Brett is a baseball player. George was born on May 15th, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia.

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Peter V. Brett is a novelist. Peter was born on February 8th, 1973 in New Rochelle, New York.

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Jan Brett is a children's literature and picture book writer. She was most prominent from 1978 to present. Jan was born on December 1st, 1949 in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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Laurie Brett is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1993. Laurie was born on March 28th, 1969 in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

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Ken Brett was a baseball player. Ken was born on September 18th, 1948 in Brooklyn. He breathed his last breath on November 18th, 2003.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1926 5 0 5
1929 5 0 5
1932 6 0 6
1934 5 0 5
1935 5 0 5
1937 5 0 5
1938 8 0 8
1939 10 0 10
1940 15 0 15
1941 18 0 18
1942 25 0 25
1943 25 0 25
1944 18 0 18
1945 26 0 26
1946 48 0 48
1947 94 0 94
1948 140 0 140
1949 139 0 139
1950 223 7 216
1951 230 7 223
1952 261 9 252
1953 274 8 266
1954 436 7 429
1955 472 7 465
1956 399 6 393
1957 669 17 652
1958 2,158 23 2,135
1959 2,242 18 2,224
1960 2,340 20 2,320
1961 2,082 15 2,067
1962 2,523 25 2,498
1963 2,644 36 2,608
1964 2,590 37 2,553
1965 2,374 29 2,345
1966 2,607 31 2,576
1967 2,823 29 2,794
1968 2,930 29 2,901
1969 3,229 45 3,184 #95 boy name
1970 3,418 45 3,373 #99 boy name
1971 3,405 46 3,359 #91 boy name
1972 3,568 59 3,509 #80 boy name
1973 3,089 58 3,031 #88 boy name
1974 2,758 79 2,679 #95 boy name
1975 2,846 66 2,780 #92 boy name
1976 2,503 85 2,418
1977 2,568 78 2,490
1978 2,374 69 2,305
1979 3,073 73 3,000 #97 boy name
1980 3,210 79 3,131 #96 boy name
1981 3,851 76 3,775 #79 boy name
1982 4,143 116 4,027 #72 boy name
1983 4,061 85 3,976 #73 boy name
1984 4,168 77 4,091 #72 boy name
1985 4,421 95 4,326 #70 boy name
1986 4,902 175 4,727 #69 boy name
1987 4,556 126 4,430 #71 boy name
1988 4,473 98 4,375 #73 boy name
1989 4,545 122 4,423 #81 boy name
1990 4,470 78 4,392 #84 boy name
1991 4,223 71 4,152 #88 boy name
1992 3,888 65 3,823 #97 boy name
1993 3,598 54 3,544
1994 3,542 108 3,434
1995 3,684 117 3,567
1996 3,668 91 3,577
1997 3,336 68 3,268
1998 2,954 69 2,885
1999 2,829 56 2,773
2000 2,423 41 2,382
2001 2,000 37 1,963
2002 1,890 23 1,867
2003 1,646 32 1,614
2004 1,606 41 1,565
2005 1,417 28 1,389
2006 1,098 16 1,082
2007 976 18 958
2008 1,098 28 1,070
2009 780 14 766
2010 746 19 727
2011 522 12 510
2012 445 19 426
2013 370 10 360
2014 403 17 386
2015 327 5 322
2016 355 22 333
2017 328 16 312

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Popularity of Brett as a first name

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Popularity of Brett as a last name

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Common last names for Brett

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • White
  • Moore
  • Campbell
  • Hall
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brett U.S.
  White 92.56% 64.26%
  African American 2.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brett

People with the last name Brett are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brett

  • What name lists does Brett rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Brett? Brett is the 450th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brett was the 6,235th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brett have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 160,657 babies born with the first name Brett in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brett to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brett? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1926 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brett first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brett is Wednesday, May 21st, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Brett born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brett was in 1986 with a total of 4,727 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brett!
  • Random Brett Factoid: According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brett ranks 87th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 51 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 2000.
  • Weird things about the name Brett: Your name in reverse order is Tterb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rtetb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brett? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,482 people with the last name Brett.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brett? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Brett 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)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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