Quick Facts on Bryce
- Celtic, Gaelic, Scottish, Welsh
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Speckled, zealous, alert
Etymology & Historical Origin - Bryce
The name Bryce is derived from a Scottish surname which, in turn, originated as a given name (Brice) from the Middle Ages. The name is thought to come from a Gaulish (Celtic) origin meaning “speckled” (for all those freckled-faced Scots out there?). Surnames were often derived from nicknames that signified personal characteristics, so this is likely the origin. Bryce/Brice is also a Welsh name from “ap + rhys” meaning ‘son of the ardent one.’ If this is not enough for you, then the name could also be derived from an old Celtic adjective meaning ‘alert.’ The name was borne by a 4th century French saint called Brice of Tours. An orphan, Brice was raised by Saint Martin 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. He went onto succeed Martin as Bishop of Tours only to revert back to his old ways: neglecting his duties and behaving immorally, so that he was eventually discharged from his post. Exiled to Rome, Brice would repent and completely change his lifestyle. He returned to his old post after seven years in Rome and went onto rule with great humility and holiness and was venerated as a saint by the time of his death.
Popularity of the Name Bryce
Bryce has been in use as a boy’s name in America since 1918, but it did not achieve any significant popularity until the late 1990s. Patiently and with purpose, the name Bryce climbed up the popularity charts for 80 years before landing a spot on the Top 100 list in 1998. In 2003, the name dropped off that list, but still hovers very close. The name is probably a favorite of those American parents of Scottish descent. It’s not exactly the most masculine sounding of names, but it has a certain style all its own. It’s an obvious choice for fair skinned, freckled faced boys, but it also suggests an element of western adventure (think: Bryce Canyon). One caveat: we wouldn’t be surprised to see Bryce on the girl’s charts sometime in the near future given American parent’s penchant for hijacking more androgynous-sounding names from their male counterparts and bestowing them on their little girls (Ron Howard is already guilty of this). In any case, Bryce is a bright and friendly name that conjures up that old Celtic adjective meaning ‘alert.’
Popularity of the Boy Name Bryce
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bryce
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bryce
Bryce We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bryce.
Popular Songs on Bryce
Bryce - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Bryce.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Bryce
Bryce - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Bryce.
Famous People Named Bryce
Famous People Named Bryce - Bryce Dallas Howard (actress); Bryce Davison (figure skater)
Children of Famous People Named Bryce
Famous People who Named their Child Bryce - LeBron James (basketball player); Ron Howard (actor/director)
Bryce - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Bryce - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bryce.
Personality of the Boy Name Bryce
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Variations of the Baby Name - Bryce