Wren

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wren
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  1. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidæ.
  2. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.

Note: ☞ Among the species best known are the house wren (Troglodytes aëdon) common in both Europe and America, and the American winter wren (Troglodytes hiemalis). See also Cactus wren Marsh wren, and Rock wren, under Cactus Marsh, and Rock.

Note: ☞ Among these are several species of European warblers; as, the reed wren (see Reed warbler, under Reed), the sedge wren (see Sedge warbler, under Sedge), the willow wren (see Willow warbler, under Willow), the golden-crested wren, and the ruby-crowned wren (see Kinglet).

Etymology: OE. wrenne, AS. wrenna wrænna, perhaps akin to wrǣne lascivious

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of several small active brown birds of the northern hemisphere with short upright tails; they feed on insects
  2. English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723)
Wiktionary

Originally a nickname from Middle English wrenne (“wren”).

  1. A surname​.
  2. Sir Christopher Wren, English architect
  3. (rare) A male or female given name from the noun wren.

From the similarity to WRNS, influenced by wrens (birds).

  1. (Britain, informal) A female member of the Royal Navy (a member of the WRNS)

    Notable Persons Named Wren

    Wren T. Brown is an actor. He was most active from 1981 to 1981. Wren was given the name Wren Troy Brown on June 11th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, US. Wren is also known as Wren Brown.

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    Wren was born on October 2nd, 1925 in Lindsay, Ontario. He passed away on January 2nd, 2013.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wren

    Sir Christopher Michael Wren was a scientist in the fields of architecture, physics, astronomy, and mathematics. Christopher was born on October 20th, 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England. He breathed his last breath on February 25th, 1723.

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    Justin was born in 1987 in Dallas, Texas, United States.

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    Amy Wren is an actress. She was most active from 2005 to present. Amy was born on October 12th, 1989 in Leicestershire.

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    Reni is an alternative rock and madchester musician. He plays Drum kit, Percussion instrument, Guitar, Bass guitar, Piano, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1984. Reni was given the name Alan John Wren on April 10th, 1964 in Manchester. Reni is also known as Reni.

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    Clare Wren is an actress and actor. Clare was given the name Helen Claire Wren on May 4th, 1962 in New Orleans.

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    Percival Christopher Wren was a writer. Percival was born Percival Christopher Wren on November 1st, 1875 in Deptford. He breathed his last breath on November 22nd, 1941.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1888 5 5 0
    1914 5 5 0
    1917 5 0 5
    1919 7 0 7
    1921 5 0 5
    1922 10 0 10
    1923 5 0 5
    1924 9 0 9
    1925 8 0 8
    1928 7 0 7
    1929 5 0 5
    1930 8 0 8
    1932 5 0 5
    1942 6 0 6
    1943 6 0 6
    1949 5 5 0
    1951 7 7 0
    1952 9 0 9
    1953 9 9 0
    1954 7 0 7
    1955 6 6 0
    1956 14 8 6
    1957 9 9 0
    1958 13 8 5
    1959 11 11 0
    1960 11 11 0
    1961 8 8 0
    1962 6 6 0
    1963 11 6 5
    1964 6 6 0
    1967 7 7 0
    1969 5 0 5
    1970 8 8 0
    1973 12 12 0
    1975 6 6 0
    1976 8 8 0
    1977 21 16 5
    1978 17 12 5
    1979 15 15 0
    1980 10 10 0
    1981 14 14 0
    1982 5 5 0
    1983 11 11 0
    1985 20 11 9
    1986 23 11 12
    1987 25 15 10
    1988 25 14 11
    1989 25 10 15
    1990 23 10 13
    1991 31 20 11
    1992 10 10 0
    1993 27 20 7
    1994 19 9 10
    1995 22 16 6
    1996 23 15 8
    1997 12 12 0
    1998 34 24 10
    1999 44 33 11
    2000 28 18 10
    2001 42 33 9
    2002 44 35 9
    2003 51 39 12
    2004 66 55 11
    2005 70 56 14
    2006 113 100 13
    2007 109 93 16
    2008 127 114 13
    2009 151 133 18
    2010 217 185 32
    2011 239 206 33
    2012 282 253 29
    2013 386 338 48
    2014 444 401 43
    2015 468 403 65
    2016 682 594 88
    2017 779 668 111

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wren U.S.
      White 75.97% 64.26%
      African American 18.10% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Wren

    • How Popular is the name Wren? Wren is the 3,774th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wren was the 3,220th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Wren have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,028 babies born with the first name Wren in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wren to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wren? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Wren first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wren is Saturday, February 20th, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Wren born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wren was in 2017 with a total of 668 babies.
    • Random Wren Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wren ranks 85th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 7 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 2015.
    • Weird things about the name Wren: Your name in reverse order is Nerw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rnew. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Wren? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,211 people with the last name Wren.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wren? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Wren 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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