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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Byrne

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Earlier *brynne, from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ. Cognate with Old High German brunja (German Brünne), Old Norse brynja (Swedish brynja), Gothic 𐌱𐍂𐌿𐌽𐌾𐍉 (brunjō). Compare Middle English brinie, Scots byrnie, from the Old Norse.

  1. corselet, coat of mail

Notable Persons Named Byrne

Byrne Piven was a theatre, film, television, actor, artistic director, stage, televisionactor, and director. Byrne was given the name Bernard Piven on September 24th, 1929 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on February 18th, 2002.


Byrne was born in 1864. He left this life in 1938.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Byrne

Rose Byrne is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1994. Rose was given the name Mary Rose Byrne on July 24th, 1979 in Balmain, New South Wales.


David Byrne is a new wave music, experimental rock, worldbeat, alternative rock, post-punk, and art punk musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, slide guitar, harmonica, autoharp, harmonium, violin, accordion, buildings, Pump organ, Fender Duo-Sonic, and Fender Stratocaster. He has been prominent since 1974. David was born on May 14th, 1952 in Dumbarton.


Gabriel Byrne is an actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and author. His most notable accomplishments were from 1978 to present. Gabriel was given the name Gabriel James Byrne on May 12th, 1950 in Dublin.


Nicky Byrne is a pop music musician. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 1995 to present. Nicky was given the name Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne, Jr. on October 9th, 1978 in Dublin, Ireland.


Michael Byrne is an actor. He was most active from 1962 to present. Michael was born on November 7th, 1943 in London.


John Byrne is a comics creator.


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Popularity of Byrne as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Byrne U.S.
  White 94.79% 64.26%
  African American 0.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Byrne

People with the last name Byrne are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Byrne

  • How Popular is the name Byrne? Byrne is the 36,884th most popular name of all time. As a last name Byrne was the 1,198th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Byrne have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 98 babies born with the first name Byrne in the United States. That's more than enough people named Byrne to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Byrne? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Byrne first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Byrne is Friday, October 21st, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Byrne born? The highest recorded use of the first name Byrne was in 1914 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Byrne: Your name in reverse order is Enryb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ernyb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Byrne? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,503 people with the last name Byrne.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Byrne? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Byrne as their last name.

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