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Wren

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Quick Facts on Wren

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 807
Pronunciation:
REN
Simple meaning:
Songbird

Characteristics of Wren

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Wren

Wren is an English vocabulary word (a noun) defining a small, migratory songbird. The word comes from the Olde English “wrenna” (of uncertain origin). In Latin-based languages, however, the bird’s name is connected to the Latin “regulus” suggesting a creature synonymous with “royalty” in reference to the wren’s golden crest or yellow crown.  
 
In Old High German, the wren was also known as “kuningilin” (“kinglet”) in reference to an ancient Germanic folktale concerning a contest to determine the “king of birds.” The eagle, of course, was the frontrunner – the one bird able to outfly all other birds and the one able to climb the highest of altitudes. However, he was beaten by the cunning little wren who had cleverly hidden in his feathers!  
 
Here’s how Aristotle described the little wren in his 4th century BC Historia Animalium (History of Animals):  “The wren…is difficult of capture, keeps out of sight, is gentle of disposition, finds its food with ease, and is something of a mechanic. It goes by the nickname of 'old man' or 'king'; and the story goes that for this reason the eagle is at war with him.”  
 
The wren was also a highly significant creature to the ancient Celtic people (as were many animals to these nature-loving tribes). For one, there is almost no gender difference in behaviors (both male and female wrens care for their young). The wren is active, vibrant and fastidious – qualities the ancient Celts found appealing. They are cheerful, sociable and quick-witted little birds who sing their loud and beautifully complex little songs (sometimes in duet form).
 
For this flighty, migratory bird, “home is where the heart is.”  A true free-spirit.  As a female given name, Wren is a modern coinage and almost entirely isolated to the United States.

Popularity of the Name Wren

 As a female given name, Wren only just appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 2013.  There are not that many “bird” names in circulation – for instance Alondra (Spanish: lark), Avis (Latin: birdlike), Paloma (Spanish: dove), Raven and Robin are the only ones that come to mind. Wren is a lovely addition to this list. Still unique and underused (only 332 baby girls were named Wren in 2013), Wren is a lovely and lively name choice. It’s beautifully understated – yet loaded with positive symbolism. 
Popularity of the Girl Name Wren
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Wren

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Wren

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Wren

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

  • Popular Songs on Wren

    Popular Songs on Wren

    Hunting the Wren - a song by Heather Dale

    The Wren - a song by Doomtree [Explicit]

    The Wren Song - a song by The Clancy Children

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Wren

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Wren

    Luba and the Wren (Patricia Polacco) - When Luba helps a frightened wren, it promises to grant all of her wishes. "I am content, I have no wish," Luba says-at first. Then Luba's parents convince her to ask for a bigger house. After that, they want an estate, and later, they ask for a palace. With the granting of each wish Luba hopes her parents will be satisfied, but instead they only want more. Where will it end? This Russian version of The Fisherman and His Wife masterfully illustrates the rewards of simplicity and the dangers of greed. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Eagle and the Wren (Jane Goodall) - Jane Goodall retells a beloved story from her own childhood—a fable that illustrates how we depend on each other for help and support throughout our lives. When the birds of the world squabble about who can fly the highest, the owl devises a contest to settle the question. As one by one various contestants drop out, only the eagle remains, soaring high above the earth. However, the wren, stowed away in the eagle’s feathers, suddenly appears and uses him as a launching pad to fly even higher. When they arrive back on the ground, the owl drives home the story’s moral of togetherness and teamwork. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Wren to the Rescue (Sherwood Smith) - Part of a series. All her life Wren has hoped for an adventure. Now she has one—with a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince, and a magician. What does it matter if the princess is only Tess, her best friend from the orphanage; if the prince is a youngest son with no chance of becoming king; and the magician is an apprentice? Wren leads the other three over mountains and past killing spells, fighting battles along the way. But then she finds herself up against some shape-changing magic that may end her life as a human forever! Recommended for ages 12-16.

  • Famous People Named Wren

    Famous People Named Wren

    Famous People Named Wren - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Wren.

  • Children of Famous People Named Wren

    Children of Famous People Named Wren

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Wren - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Wren.

  • Historic Figures

    Wren - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Wren

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Wren

  • No Variations Found.
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