Girl Baby Name

Brittany

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Quick Facts on Brittany

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 421
Pronunciation:
BRIT-ə-nee, BRIT-nee
Simple meaning:
From Briton; Region of northwest France

Characteristics of Brittany

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Brittany

Brittany is the name of a Celtic-speaking region of northwest France. The name comes from the French word “Bretagne” meaning ‘from Briton’ to indicate the Britons from Cornwall and Devon who originally settled there. England (formally Briton) became vulnerable after the Roman military returned to Rome to deal with their own failing Empire in the 5th century and so England would eventually become occupied by 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 as one of the six Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany). After Ireland and Wales, the area known as Brittany has more native Celtic-speaking people than the other Celtic nations. 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.

Popularity of the Name Brittany

Brittany first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1971 and quickly became as instant hit. By 1981, the name landed on the Top 100 list of most favored girl names in America. But this was only the beginning of Brittany’s immediate success. The name achieved a spot on the Top 10 list in 1986 making her a clear and fast favorite. In fact, between 1989 and 1991, Brittany was the 3rd most popular female name in the country. Her quick triumph may have been her downfall. As a ϋber-trendy name, Brittany was bound to fall from the charts almost as fast as she ascended it. Although she managed to stay in the Top 10 for 10 straight years (1986-1995), the name would fall off the Top 100 by 2001. Now that we’ve entered the 21st century, Brittany has fallen over 400 spots on the charts making her an afterthought today. What was once red hot has now become passé. Nevertheless, Brittany remains a gorgeous moniker and retains the flexibility of being either a two or three syllable name depending on your preference. Like Jennifer, Heather or Alexis, we consider Brittany a “pretty girl” name. It is also a lovely choice for admirers of the Brythonic branch of the Celtics (Brittany, Cornwall, Wales) rather than the Gaelic branch (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man). We also love the charming pet form Britt for a little girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Brittany
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brittany

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Brittany

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brittany

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

  • Popular Songs on Brittany

    Popular Songs on Brittany

    Hey Brittany - a song by Forever the Sickest Kids

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Brittany

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Brittany

    A Challenge for Brittany (Lisa J. Peck) - In Book One of the CTR Club series, Brittany Stevenson, her little sister Christine, and her best friend Meagan have been asked by their bishop to be friends with Parker - a new kid in the ward. But Parker is autistic and loves to play with Brittany's braids. He even tries to stick them in his mouth! Can Brittany overcome her embarrassment to reach Parker's heart? Also available in a 4 book set. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - Brittany Speaks! (J. E. Bright) - The Chipmunks and The Chipettes are on a fabulous cruise ship when disaster strikes—and the singing sensations find themselves stranded on a deserted island! In this exclusive for her fans, Brittany tells all. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Beautiful Brittany (Susan Meyers) - When Brittany and her pals are "discovered" by an advertising executive at a children's clothing company, the girls are invited to model for the company catalog. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Brainy Brittanys (Katherine Hengel) - Booklist says: “Brittany spaniels are among several of the canines introduced in the new Dog Daze series, published under the ever-expanding Sandcastle imprint, which is aimed at emergent readers. As with other volumes in the series, this one gives children brief information about the breed: Brittanys are smart, require frequent activity, often have hazel eyes, and so on. Such bits share space with general information designed to give readers some idea of the responsibility of dog ownership. “Tails of Lore,” an account (factual? fictional?) of a brave Brittany defending a man from an irate grizzly, is just plain silly, and to some the format may seem a bit of a jumble. But the mix of quick facts, double-spread paintings, photos, quizzes, a few words (“All about Me”) from a spaniel named Molly—and even the tale of the heroic dog—offers just the sort of variety that will keep new readers interested to the end. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Brittany Butterfield and the Back-To-School Blues (Wendy Corsi Staub) - Dreading the new school year and struggling with a poor self-image, Brittany Butterfield is befriended by Nathan, a teenage guardian angel, who encourages her to think positively and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Recommended for ages 12-14.

    Brittany the Basketball Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book (Daisy Meadows) - The Sports Fairies' magical items are missing, and now the Fairy Olympics are going all wrong! This is our ninth group of Rainbow Magic fairies; all seven books will be released at once. It's an exciting time in Fairyland. Everyone is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics! But Jack Frost's goblins have stolen the Sports Fairies' magic objects. Now they're threatening to take over the whole competition! It's girls vs. goblins! Can Rachel and Kirsty take down the Mean Green Basketball Team and win back Brittany's magic ball? Or will this game be a slam dunk for the goblins? Find the enchanted object in each book, and help keep the Fairyland Olympics magical! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Brittany's Accomplishments (Martha V. Bradford) - This book is about a seven year old Black American girl that is blind and has overcome and accomplished the things that she most feared. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Brittany

    Famous People Named Brittany

    Famous People Named Brittany - Brittany Murphy (actress); Brittany Snow (actress); Brittany Daniel (actress); Brittany Curran (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Brittany

    Children of Famous People Named Brittany

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Brittany - Collin Raye (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Brittany - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Brittany

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 - Brittany

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