Quick Facts on Brice
- Celtic, French, Welsh
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Speckled; Son of Rhys
Etymology & Historical Origin - Brice
Brice is believed to come from a Gaulish (Celtic) origin meaning “speckled” (presumably in reference to all those freckled-faced Celts out there). Bryce/Brice is also a Welsh patronymic name (i.e., passed from the father), from “ap+Rhys” meaning “son of Rhys, or son of the passionate one”. In Welsh (which is a Celtic language), the “ap” connector means “son of” just as the Ó means the same in Irish surnames, Mac in Scottish-Gaelic and Fitz in Anglo-Norman. Brice became popularized as a masculine name mostly thanks to a 4th century French saint called Brice of Tours. An orphan, Brice was raised by Saint Martin of Tours, but became vain and ambitious, treating his guardian with much contempt. Martin responded with great patience and kindness, and eventually Brice would remorsefully ask for his forgiveness. Brice eventually went on to succeed Martin as Bishop of Tours only to revert back to his old ways: neglecting his duties and behaving immorally to the point where he was ultimately discharged from his post as Bishop. Exiled to Rome, Brice would repent again, but this time, he would completely change his lifestyle. He returned to his old post after seven years in Rome and went on to rule with great humility and holiness. So much so he was venerated as a saint by the time of his death. Due to the significance of St. Brice of Tours in France (as well as many other saints named Brice), the French adopted the name more ardently than the English.
Popularity of the Name Brice
Brice has held positions on the American male naming charts since the late 19th century, although it was a name used sparingly. It really wasn’t until the 1960s when Brice finally found a more permanent home in the United States. The Bryce spelling has seen greater success when compared to Brice, but Brice did achieve some level of moderate usage in the late 1980s. Today Brice is residing near the very bottom of the Top 1000 list while Bryce is nearing Top 100 status. Bryce is the spelling that looks more Welsh (thanks to the “y”), while Brice is more common among the French.
Popularity of the Boy Name Brice
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brice
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brice
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Popular Songs on Brice
Brice - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Brice.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Brice
Mrs. Brice's Mice (Syd Hoff) - Among Mrs. Brice's 25 mice, all but one do everything together. And this mouse's difference comes in handy when the mice meet a cat, and while twelve run this way and twelve run that, this mouse runs this way and that, wearing out the cat and saving them all. The simple, gracefully repetitive text and bright drawings will make a preschool hero of the clever little mouse. Recommended for ages 4-8.
The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice (Dr. Seuss) - The talents and traits of 26 amazing mice are revealed in a Seussian cornucopia of flaps, pop-ups, add-ons, pull-tabs, and acetate on-lays that explore the concepts of letters, size, color, time, and word recognition. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Brice
Famous People Named Brice - Brice of Tours (Catholic saint); Brice Marden (minimalist artist); Brice Blanc (French horse jockey); Brice Long (country singer); Brice Guyart (French Olympic fencer); Brice Hortefeux (French politician); Brice Lalonde (French politician)
Children of Famous People Named Brice
Famous People Who Named Their Son Brice - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Brice.
Brice - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Brice - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Brice.
Personality of the Boy Name Brice
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Brice