Brendan (given name)
Breandán in a Gaelic type
|Cognate(s)||Brandon, Breanndán, Brénainn, Brendanus, Brendon|
|See also||Brenda, Brennan|
Brendan is an Irish masculine given name in the English language. It is derived from the Gaelic name Breandán, which is in turn derived from the earlier Old Irish Brénainn. The Old Welsh breenhin is the root of the name, meaning Prince or King. The mediaeval Latin form of the name, Brendanus, has also influenced the modern English and Irish forms. Variant spellings of Brendan are Brendon and Brenden. In some cases it is possible that the given name Brandon is also a variant of Brendan. A variant spelling of the Irish Breandán is Breanndán.
The English Brendan is an Anglicised form of the Irish Breandán. This Irish name is derived from the Old Irish Brénainn. This Old Irish personal name, (pronounced [br'ēn-in'], is derived from a borrowing of the Welsh language word breenhín, meaning "a prince". Both the English form, Brendan, and the modern Irish form, Breandán, are based upon the mediaeval Latin form Brendanus. According to one old Irish text there are 17 saints with the name. When used in an Irish sentence it can take the form Bhreandán e.g. A Bhreandán or ..do Bhreandán. Variation of the Irish Breandán are Breanndán, Bhreandán and Bhreandáin.
There is no etymological link between Brendan and Brenda. This feminine given name, pronounced //, is thought to be derived from the Old Norse element brand, meaning "(flaming) sword". In most cases, the masculine given name Brandon, pronounced //, is considered to be derived from the surname Brandon, which is in turn derived from two Old English elements.
- English - Brandon (in some cases), Brendon
- Irish - Breandán, Breanndán
- Latin - Brendanus
- Old Irish - Brénainn
Popularity and use
In some cases, the masculine given name Brennan may be used as a contracted form of Brendan. Brennan is etymologically unrelated to Brendan. It is derived from the surname Brennan, which is an Anglicised form of the Irish Ó Braonáin. The popularity of (forms of) Brendan in Gaelic-speaking countries is thought to have influenced the use and popularity of the etymologically unrelated feminine name Brenda.
In 2008,[note 1] the name was not in the top 100 given names for babies in the United States. However, it ranked within the top 100 given names for babies in New England with 2.60 occurrences per 1,000. Between the years 1900–2006, there were 0.37 babies born and recorded with the given name in the United States. During the decades spanning 1900–1940 the name wasn't among the top 1,000 given names recorded for babies in the United States. However, in the 1950s it ranked 679; in the 1960s 448; in the 1970s 293; in the 1980s 190; and in the 1990s 133. In recent years in the United States, the name has fallen in the ranking of names for babies.[note 2] In 2000 it ranked 101; in 2001 115; in 2002 124; in 2003 141; in 2004 149; in 2005 175; in 2006 185; in 2007 205; and in 2008 207.
People named Brendan
- Saint Brendan of Clonfert, an Irish monastic saint
- Saint Brendan of Birr (died 573), Abbot of Birr in Co. Offaly, contemporaneous with the above.
- Brendan Behan (1923–1964), Irish writer
- Brendan Benson (born 1970), Detroit-area musician
- Brendan Bracken, a British cabinet member
- Brendan Byrne (born 1924), American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey
- Brendan Cowell (born 1976), Australian actor and screenwriter
- Brendan Coyle (born 1963), British actor
- Brendan Donnelly (born 1971), professional baseball player
- Brendan Evans (born 1986), American professional tennis player
- Brendan Fevola (born 1981), Australian rules footballer
- Brendan Fraser (born 1968), Canadian-American actor
- Brendan Foster British Olympic Long Distance Runner (born 1948)
- Brendan Gallagher, Canadian ice hockey player
- Brendan Garard (born 1971), Australian field hockey player
- Brendan Gleeson (born 1955), Irish actor
- Brendan Hansen (born 1981), American swimmer
- Brendan Harris (born 1980), professional baseball player
- Brendan Haywood (born 1979), professional basketball player in the NBA
- Brendan Hines (born 1976), American actor and musician
- Brendan Howlin (born 1956), Irish Labour Party politician
- Brendan Leipsic (born 1994), Canadian NHL ice hockey player
- Brendan Malone, American professional basketball coach in the NBA
- Brendan Morrison (born 1975), professional Canadian ice hockey player
- Brendan Nelson (born 1958), Australian Opposition leader
- Brendan O'Neill (disambiguation), several people
- Brendan Rodgers (born 1973), Former Liverpool Football Club Manager
- Brendan Ryan (disambiguation), several people
- Brendan Shanahan (born 1969), professional hockey player in the NHL
- Brendon Small (born 1975), American writer, creator of the TV shows Home Movies and Metalocalypse
- Brendan Smith (disambiguation), several people
- Brendan Smyth (1927-1997), notorious Irish Roman Catholic priest
- Brendan Whitecross (born 1990), Australian rules footballer
Fictional characters named Brendan
- Brendan Frye, lead character's name in the movie Brick
- Brendan Jones, a character from Australian television program A Country Practice
- Brendan (Pokémon), the main male character of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- Brendan Brady, character from Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks
- Brendan, supporting character in the film The Darjeeling Limited
- Brendan Richards, a character from the short-lived Doctor Who spinoff K-9 and Company
- Brendan, the main character of the animated fantasy movie The Secret of Kells
People named Breandán
- Breandán Breathnach (1912–1985), Irish music collector and Uilleann piper
- Breandán de Gallaí (born 1969), Irish professional dancer
- Breandán Ó hEithir (1930–1990), Irish writer and broadcaster
- Breandán Ó Madagain (born 1942), Irish scholar, writer and celticist
- Schwegel doesn't specifically give her sources or the precise dates for the info given in this part of the book. She states "Part 1, The Top Names, starts with lists of the 100 most popular first names for babies born recently in all of the United States and Canada and in particular regions of those countries".
- According to data from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.
- Norman, Teresa (2003). A World of Baby Names (Revised ed.). Perigee. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-399-52894-1.
- "Bran Vran". oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.co.uk.
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 38, 342, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Maguire, Fidelma (1981). Gaelic personal names. Academy Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-906187-39-5.
- "Concise Dictionary of First Names: Brendan". AskOxford.com. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
- Brenda, Dictionary.com, retrieved 17 November 2010 which cited: Dictionary.com Unabridged, Random House
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 38, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 37, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- Brandon, Dictionary.com, retrieved 17 November 2010 which cited: Dictionary.com Unabridged, Random House
- Schwegel, Janet (2008). The Baby Name Countdown (PDF). Da Capo Press. p. x. ISBN 978-1-60094-036-1.
- Schwegel, Janet (2008). The Baby Name Countdown (PDF). Da Capo Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-60094-036-1.
- Schwegel, Janet (2008). The Baby Name Countdown (PDF). Da Capo Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-60094-036-1.
- "Popular Baby Names". Social Security Online. Retrieved 11 October 2009.
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