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Gender: M Meaning of Bruce: "from the brushwood thicket" Origin of Bruce: Scottish and English from French Bruce's Popularity in 2014: #401

Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but has been rarely used here for a generation -- though the impact of Bruces Lee, Springsteen, Dern and Willis, as well as Batman's Bruce Wayne -- still lingers. At one time Bruce was so widespread in Australia, it became a nickname for any Ozzie man. An interesting alternative is Brix, the Normandy place name where the Bruce family originated.

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Famous People Named Bruce

Bruce Jenner, transgender American Olympian and reality TV star; now known as Caitlyn Jenner
(Walter) Bruce Willis, American actor
Bruce Springsteen, American musician
Bruce Lee, American actor and martial artist
Bruce Gradkowski, American football player
Bruce Miller, American football player
Bruce Campbell, American actor
Bruce Greenwood, Canadian actor
Bruce Forsyth, English entertainer and TV presenter
Bruce Dickinson lead vocalist of Iron Maiden
Bruce McLaren, race car driver and designer
Bruce Smith, professional American football defensive end
Bruce Seldon, WBA heavyweight and world champion
Bruce Boxleitner-American actor, best known for TV series Scarecrow & Mrs. King
Bruce Beresford, Australian film director, best known in the US for "Driving Miss Daisy"

Pop Culture References for the Name Bruce

Bruce Goodman, character from 'Ace Attorney'
Bruce Wayne, Batman
Bruce Banner, The Hulk
Bruce the Shark in "Finding Nemo"
"Bruce Almighty", 2004 film starring Jim Carrey
The Bruces Sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus

Brucey, Brucie

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