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Quick Facts on Brendan

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 326
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Brendan

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Brendan

Brendan originated from the Irish name Breandán (earlier version: Bréanainn) which originated from the Welsh word “breehin” meaning ‘prince’. There are two prominent Irish saints who held this name. The most famous is the 6th century Saint Brendan the Navigator who was believed to have sailed across the Atlantic searching for the Isle of the Blessed and claiming to have set foot on American soil. His friend and contemporary, Saint Brendan of Birr, was purportedly carried heavenward by angels.

Popularity of the Name Brendan

Brendan first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1941. By the 1950s, Brendan was on an upward trajectory. The height of the name’s popularity came in the 1990s when, for two brief years, it managed to edge onto the Top 100 list of most favored boy names. As we’ve entered the 21st century, however, Brendan appears to be losing steam. The name fell off the Top 200 list in 2007 and now only enjoys moderate usage. Brendan is a popular name for Irish-American baby boys so we weren’t surprised to see it ranked relatively high in the state of Massachusetts (the state with the highest density of Americans of Irish descent). The only negative we see today is the over-abundance of similar sounding boy names (Brayden, Branden, Brennen). It’s hard to know where they start and where they end so they’re starting to feel, well, ordinary. Brendan is definitely the classical anglicized spelling of the name so you won’t get “spell-checked” in your word document. It’s a great choice for your little Irish “prince”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Brendan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brendan

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Brendan

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brendan

    Brendan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Brendan.

  • Popular Songs on Brendan

    Popular Songs on Brendan

    Brendan #1 - a song by Fugazi

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Brendan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Brendan

    Brendan (Paula Gilfedder) - "A wonderful tale ... beautifully told." It was to be the summer holiday to end all summer holidays. Brendan and his friends could never have imagined the excitement ahead of them when school broke up in their picturesque Irish fishing village. Determined to put the local crook behind bars, they survive numerous scrapes and scares before the police get their man. But that is not the end of it as he escapes from custody and comes back to haunt them. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment (Sundee T. Frazier) - Brendan Buckley's headed to middle school, and he has some big questions! Can he keep his new pet anole, Einstein, alive? Will his tough-as-rock Grandpa Ed and sharp-witted grandma, Gladys, butt heads or become friends? Most importantly, what will he propose for the national science competition his class is entering? Recommended for ages 12-14.

    Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It (Sundee T. Frazier) - Mixed-race Brendan Buckley is fascinated by science, and he likes to find the answers to questions that he poses in his notebook. Brendan finds that life isn’t always easily explained, however, after he meets his grandfather for the first time at a rock club meeting. Brendan’s white grandfather has been estranged from Brendan’s mother since her marriage to an African American. Despite Brendan’s mixed parentage, he bonds with his grandfather through their shared interest in rock collecting, and they continue to meet secretly until Brendan’s mother finds out. It takes time and a serious accident for Brendan’s grandfather to come to his senses and reunite with his family. By frequently lightening her tone, Frazier delivers her messages without using an overly heavy hand. Brendan is a real kid with a passion for science and also a willingness to push his parents’ rules; he’s not just a placard for the author’s central message. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Brendan the Navigator (Jean Fritz) - If you ask children in Ireland who really discovered America, you may get this surprising answer: "St. Brendan, of course." He left Ireland 1,500 years ago in a leather boat to find paradise. Tales of the wonders he and his crew saw and the Monster Territory they encountered during their trip have become part of Irish legend. And legend also says that the island of unsurpassed beauty that St. Brendan called paradise was actually America. "A lively, provocative 'history mystery' " says Publishers Weekly. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Kissing Brendan Callahan (Susan Amesse) - Twelve-year-old Sarah is overjoyed to learn that the romance writer she idolizes, Antonia DeMarco, will be judging a local teen- writing contest. After volunteering to become the flamboyant author's personal assistant for the project, Sarah is at first charmed by her heroine. Soon, though, DeMarco's antics infuriate Sarah, who finds herself in an increasingly awkward and difficult situation. Meanwhile, she realizes that Brendan, the boy she has known all her life and recently disdained as immature, is turning out to be not just helpful but eminently kissable. Readers who are edging into adolescence will understand Sarah's dilemma as she tries to find a workable path between her own strong urge for independence and her mother's stalwart expectation of dutiful obedience. Well-rounded characters people this inviting story that reassuringly chronicles the ups and downs of Sarah's life. Recommended for ages 10-13.

  • Famous People Named Brendan

    Famous People Named Brendan

    Famous People Named Brendan - Saint Brendan of Clonfert (Irish saint); Saint Brendan of Birr (Irish saint); Brendan Behan (Irish writer); Brendan Benson (musician); Brendan Donnelly (baseball player); Brendan Fraser (actor); Brendan Harris (baseball player); Brendan Haywood (basketball player); Brendan Morrison (hockey player); Brendan Shanahan (hockey player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Brendan

    Children of Famous People Named Brendan

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Brendan - Bruce Jenner (Olympic athlete); John Irving (author); Mark Wahlberg (musician/actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Brendan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Brendan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Brendan.

Personality of the Boy Name Brendan

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Brendan

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