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Meaningthe willowlands[citation needed]
Popularitysee popular names

The English language name Bruce arrived in Scotland with the Normans,[1] from the place name Brix, Manche in Normandy,[citation needed] France, meaning "the willowlands".[dubious ] Initially promulgated via the descendants of king Robert the Bruce (1274−1329), it has been a Scottish surname since medieval times; it is now a common given name.

The variant Lebrix and Le Brix are French variations of the surname.

Note: A few people are notable in more than one field, and therefore appear in more than one section.

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Film and television[edit]


Other arts and entertainment[edit]


  • Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner; born 1949), Olympic gold medalist, auto racer, businessperson and television personality
  • Bruce Rauner (born 1957), American businessman and politician
  • Bruce Ritchie (born 1965), British property developer
  • Bruce Rockowitz (born 1958/59), American businessman

Crime and the law[edit]


  • Bruce W. Carr (1924–1998), American World War II flying ace
  • Bruce W. Carter (1950–1969), American Marine killed in the Vietnam War, awarded the Medal of Honor


Science, technology and medicine[edit]



  • Bruce R. McConkie (1915–1985), American LDS Church leader and author
  • Bruce Parry (born 1969), English explorer, author, indigenous rights advocate and documentarian

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Bruce, one of the Delightful Children From Down The Lane on Codename: Kids Next Door
  • Bruce, a great white shark in Finding Nemo
  • Bruce, a replica of the shark from the 1975 film Jaws displayed at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the nickname given by the film crew to the prop sharks
  • The Bruces, from the Monty Python Bruces sketch
  • Bruce Banner, the alter ego of the Hulk
  • Bruce Ben-Bacharach, the main character's manager in Lady Dynamite
  • "The Bruce Dickinson", from the SNL More Cowbell sketch
  • Bruce Hyena, a supporting character in the Geronimo Stilton book franchise
  • Bruce Irvin, a Muay Thai kickboxer and fictional character from the Tekken series
  • Bruce McKenzie, effeminate minor character in Family Guy
  • Bruce Nolan, a reporter who is offered a chance to be God for a week in Bruce Almighty
  • Bruce Sato, from the cartoon M.A.S.K.
  • Bruce Wayne, a billionaire and the secret identity of Batman
  • Bruce, a penguin-like species on the virtual pet website Neopets. It was named after Bruce Forsyth.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, origin and history of the name Bruce". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  2. ^ "Old Neopets | Neopets History | Book of Ages". Retrieved 2021-08-22.