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Bruce

First Name
383k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
53k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bruce

"Bruce" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the town of Bruis". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329; defeated the English army under Edward II at Bannockburn and gained recognition of Scottish independence (1274-1329)
  2. Australian physician and bacteriologist who described the bacterium that causes undulant fever or brucellosis (1855-1931)
Wiktionary

From a Norman place name, Brix, of disputed meaning.

  1. A Scottish surname, most notably of Robert the Bruce.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Bruce

Bruce Lee is a martial artist, martial arts instructor, actor, film director, screenwriter, producer, and martial arts. He has had major accomplishments since 1941.

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Bruce Wayne is a comics character.

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Bruce Springsteen is a rock music, heartland rock, folk rock, roots rock, and jersey shore sound musician. He plays Fender Esquire, Fender Telecaster, Takamine guitars, and Hohner. He was most active from 1965 to present. Bruce was given the name Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen on September 23rd, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. Bruce is also known as The Boss.

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Bruce Willis is an actor, producer, and singer. His ongoing career started in 1980. Bruce was given the name Walter Bruce Willison on March 19th, 1955 in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Bruce is also known as W. B. Willis and Walter Willis.

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Bruce Campbell is an actor, author, producer, writer, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1972 to 1972. Bruce was given the name Bruce Lorne Campbell on June 22nd, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.

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Bruce Dickinson is a heavy metal music and hard rock musician. He plays Vocals. He holds the title Run to the Hills" and Brave New World". He was most prominent from 1976 to present. Bruce was given the name Paul Bruce Dickinson on August 7th, 1958 in Worksop. Bruce is also known as Bruce Bruce.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bruce

Lenny Bruce was a satire, political satire, black comedy, improvisational theatre, and ribaldry comedian. Lenny was given the name Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13th, 1925 in Mineola, New York, United States. He died on August 3rd, 1966.

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Jay Bruce is an athlete for the Cincinnati Reds. Jay was born on April 3rd, 1987 in Beaumont, Texas.

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Jack Bruce was a rock music, blues, and jazz musician. He plays Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Harmonica, Cello, Double bass, Warwick (company), Gibson EB-3, Fender Bass VI, and Vocals. His career lasted from 1962 to 2014. Jack was given the name John Symon Asher Bruce on May 14th, 1943 in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He breathed his last breath on October 25th, 2014.

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Steve Bruce is a soccer player for the Hull City A.F.C., Gillingham F.C., Norwich City F.C., Manchester United F.C., Birmingham City F.C., Sheffield United F.C., England national under-18 football team, and England national football B team. Steve was born on December 31st, 1960 in Corbridge, England.

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Fiona Bruce is a television producer, news presenter, and presenter. Fiona was given the name Fiona Elizabeth Bruce on April 25th, 1964 in Singapore.

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Violent J is a hip hop music and horrorcore producer, rapper, professional wrestler, rapping, and professional wrestling. He was most prominent from 1989 to present. Violent was given the name Joseph Bruce on April 28th, 1972. Violent is also known as Jagged Joe, Violent J, Golden Jelly, Moon Glorious, Bullet, Mr. Diamond, Fats Pepper, Big Baby Sweets, and Big Baby Chips.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 47 0 47
1881 34 0 34
1882 66 0 66
1883 50 0 50
1884 40 0 40
1885 56 0 56
1886 55 0 55
1887 44 0 44
1888 45 0 45
1889 62 0 62
1890 59 0 59
1891 50 0 50
1892 60 0 60
1893 64 0 64
1894 63 0 63
1895 71 5 66
1896 75 6 69
1897 58 0 58
1898 64 0 64
1899 66 0 66
1900 86 0 86
1901 65 0 65
1902 60 0 60
1903 67 0 67
1904 87 0 87
1905 85 0 85
1906 77 0 77
1907 89 0 89
1908 104 5 99
1909 122 0 122
1910 98 0 98
1911 160 5 155
1912 328 0 328
1913 396 6 390
1914 537 7 530
1915 670 7 663
1916 756 16 740
1917 811 6 805
1918 1,000 12 988
1919 892 12 880
1920 1,015 19 996
1921 1,084 13 1,071
1922 1,116 11 1,105
1923 1,237 13 1,224
1924 1,323 11 1,312
1925 1,360 7 1,353
1926 1,424 10 1,414
1927 1,471 13 1,458
1928 1,650 20 1,630
1929 1,628 12 1,616
1930 1,725 15 1,710
1931 1,799 10 1,789
1932 1,949 12 1,937 #98 boy name
1933 2,046 11 2,035 #92 boy name
1934 2,415 13 2,402 #78 boy name
1935 2,456 8 2,448 #77 boy name
1936 2,639 9 2,630 #73 boy name
1937 2,822 14 2,808 #70 boy name
1938 3,144 16 3,128 #66 boy name
1939 3,240 7 3,233 #64 boy name
1940 3,805 16 3,789 #55 boy name
1941 4,310 13 4,297 #51 boy name
1942 5,400 17 5,383 #50 boy name
1943 5,453 20 5,433 #51 boy name
1944 5,277 17 5,260 #51 boy name
1945 5,626 14 5,612 #48 boy name
1946 8,475 18 8,457 #32 boy name
1947 10,550 25 10,525 #29 boy name
1948 11,092 26 11,066 #28 boy name
1949 12,297 33 12,264 #26 boy name
1950 12,703 27 12,676 #26 boy name
1951 14,123 35 14,088 #26 boy name
1952 14,517 31 14,486 #25 boy name
1953 14,057 32 14,025 #28 boy name
1954 14,184 35 14,149 #30 boy name
1955 14,104 35 14,069 #32 boy name
1956 14,695 34 14,661 #32 boy name
1957 13,905 30 13,875 #34 boy name
1958 12,494 36 12,458 #36 boy name
1959 11,944 37 11,907 #38 boy name
1960 10,982 33 10,949 #39 boy name
1961 10,749 30 10,719 #40 boy name
1962 10,074 31 10,043 #41 boy name
1963 9,322 32 9,290 #43 boy name
1964 7,934 38 7,896 #46 boy name
1965 6,352 26 6,326 #50 boy name
1966 5,876 33 5,843 #53 boy name
1967 5,091 19 5,072 #55 boy name
1968 4,517 28 4,489 #61 boy name
1969 4,063 18 4,045 #72 boy name
1970 3,504 16 3,488 #94 boy name
1971 2,991 22 2,969
1972 2,331 15 2,316
1973 1,929 15 1,914
1974 1,869 14 1,855
1975 1,801 9 1,792
1976 1,708 17 1,691
1977 1,716 13 1,703
1978 1,714 13 1,701
1979 1,726 12 1,714
1980 1,671 17 1,654
1981 1,641 7 1,634
1982 1,595 9 1,586
1983 1,450 11 1,439
1984 1,471 10 1,461
1985 1,428 16 1,412
1986 1,356 8 1,348
1987 1,311 8 1,303
1988 1,288 6 1,282
1989 1,212 0 1,212
1990 1,169 0 1,169
1991 1,046 6 1,040
1992 922 0 922
1993 821 0 821
1994 747 0 747
1995 670 5 665
1996 663 0 663
1997 630 0 630
1998 652 0 652
1999 588 0 588
2000 563 0 563
2001 579 0 579
2002 510 0 510
2003 509 0 509
2004 531 0 531
2005 489 0 489
2006 549 0 549
2007 636 0 636
2008 579 0 579
2009 586 0 586
2010 485 0 485
2011 574 0 574
2012 667 0 667
2013 705 0 705
2014 772 0 772
2015 762 0 762
2016 697 0 697

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Popularity of Bruce as a first name

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Popularity of Bruce as a last name

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Common last names for Bruce

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Campbell
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Young
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bruce U.S.
  White 77.35% 64.26%
  African American 15.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.13% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bruce

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

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Fun Facts about the name Bruce

  • How Popular is the name Bruce? Bruce is the 173rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Bruce was the 636th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bruce have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 382,946 babies born with the first name Bruce in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bruce to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bruce? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 47 new born babies.
  • When was Bruce first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bruce is Wednesday, November 1st, 1854.
  • What year had the most people named Bruce born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bruce was in 1956 with a total of 14,661 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bruce!
  • Random Bruce Factoid: According to the 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bruce ranks 37th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 224 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1958.
  • Weird things about the name Bruce: Your name in reverse order is Ecurb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Brcue. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bruce? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 53,419 people with the last name Bruce.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bruce? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Bruce 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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