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Quick Facts on Britney

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 836
Simple meaning:
From Briton (Brittany, a region of northwest France)

Characteristics of Britney

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Britney

Britney is a modern English form of Brittany, one of the six Celtic nations (located in a region of northwest France). The six Celtic “nations” are determined by their shared language and cultural heritage and are either from the Celtic Gaelic branch or the Brythonic branch. Those from the Brythonic branch are Brittany, Wales and Cornwall. Those from the Gaelic branch are Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The word “Brittany” comes from the French word “Bretagne” meaning “from Briton” to indicate the Britons from Cornwall and Devon who originally settled in this particular region of France. In the 5th century, England (formally known by its Latin name Britannia or its native Celtic name Breton/Briton) was abandoned by the occupying Roman soldiers who, preoccupied with their own collapsing empire, were called back to Rome. This left England vulnerable to invading barbarians known as the Anglo-Saxon Germanic tribes. Upon the establishment of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, the die-hard Celtic people of Cornwall and Devon fled to the northwest region of France and established Brittany as refugees. Today, Brittany remains a cultural province of France and is distinguished for its lively Celtic heritage. In fact, third only to Ireland and Wales, the area known as Brittany has the highest number of native Celtic-speaking people. Geographically beautiful, steeped in rich history and culturally vibrant, Brittany remains one of the most interesting regions in Western Europe. As a female given name, Brittany became rapidly popular near the end of the 20th century and was readily used by most English-speaking nations. As Brittany’s popularity soared as a name for baby girls, other spelling variations began to emerge. Britney is the version bestowed upon pop-superstar Britney Spears (b. 1981).

Popularity of the Name Britney

Brittany first surfaced in America as a female given name in 1971; by 1980 the name was clearly headed for the Top 100 list. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Britney would appear as an alternate spelling in 1980. There are a couple of interesting facts to point out about the Britney spelling. For one, it reached as high as #118 on the charts in 1989 (her best year ever). Incidentally, that same year Brittany was the third most popular name nationwide (surpassed only by Jessica and Ashley). So obviously, the two-syllable Britney was riding the coattails of the soft three-syllable Brittany – basically mirroring her big sister’s success on the American popularity charts (just to a lesser extent). The second interesting factoid about Britney comes in the year 1999, just when it looked like the name was headed downwards for good, it abruptly reversed its course and jumped a whopping 250+ positions on the charts in a single year. That was the same year Britney Spears released her first studio album “...Baby One More Time”. Today, however, both Brittany and Britney are no longer at the height of naming fashion. Once “the” poster child for the 1980s and 90s, Brittany and her sisters are now taking a break from past over usage. Britney, especially, is being asked to step aside for the likes of Adele, Rihanna, Selena and Taylor (is anyone naming their baby daughters Gaga?)
Popularity of the Girl Name Britney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Britney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Britney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Britney

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

  • Popular Songs on Britney

    Popular Songs on Britney

    Britney - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Britney.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Britney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Britney

    God's Miracle Child: The Britney Foster Story (Sherry Foster Tatum) - Publisher's description: Britney Foster's young life seemed at an end when a 200 pound railroad cross tie fell on her head, crushing the skull and driving deep into her brain. But Britney's mother interceded for the helpless seven-year-old as she appealed to God's healing grace with a vigil that must have touched His heart. God's visitation with Britney's family will bless you and encourage you to seek His face for your own family's physical and spiritual needs. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Justin and Britney (Kamon and Joey Krit) - Justin and Britney is a story of communication between Justin the rat and Britney the hamster. Britney lives in a five-star cage, because she is the pet of a wealthy family. She has no memories of family. Justin is a cool rat from the market; he knows nothing about a TV and a remote but knows how to communicate with others. One day Britney has to escape from the house, and she follows Justin into the "rat camp" where she discovers the meaning of family and friends. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Killing Britney (Sean Olin) - Britney is the girl everyone loves to hate. Ever since Britney transformed herself from freak-and-geek to the most popular girl at school, her life has been touched by tragedy. First it was her mom, who drowned on a family rafting trip. Then her hockey-star boyfriend, Ricky, was killed in a hit-and-run. When the deaths continue to pile up, everyone fears for Britney. Sure she's popular, blond, and fabulous. But is that enough reason for someone to want to...kill her? Recommended for ages 15+

  • Famous People Named Britney

    Famous People Named Britney

    Famous People Named Britney - Britney Spears (pop-icon); Britney Simpson (figure skater)

  • Children of Famous People Named Britney

    Children of Famous People Named Britney

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Britney - Marlon Jackson (of the Jackson 5, musician/performer)

  • Historic Figures

    Britney - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Britney

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Britney

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