"small bird"

Wren Origin and Meaning

The name Wren is a girl's name of English origin meaning "small bird".

Wren, a lilting songbird name, could be the next Robin. Wren entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2012 and is among the new wave of popular English names for girls.

Wren makes a particularly pleasing middle name choice, as does her newly discovered cousin Lark. But it's more popular as a middle name than you might think, the quirkier cousin of Rose.

This petite bird was regarded in Ireland as the "magician of the birds" and the Druids considered it a bird of prophecy. Thanks to an early fable, it has also been known as King of the Birds.

For architects there's the link to the great Sir Christopher Wren, the celebrated eighteenth century designer of London's St. Paul's Cathedral.

# 196 in the US

Wren Rank in US Top 1000

# 44 on Nameberry

Wren Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Wren Popularity

Famous People Named Wren

  • Wren BlackberryAmerican children's author
  • L'Wren Scott (born Laura "Luann" Bambrough)American fashion designer
  • Wren Lee Keasler (b. 1994)daughter of actress Shannon Lee; granddaughter of actor Bruce Lee

Wren in Pop Culture

  • Wren MacPhersonbaby in comic strip "Baby Blues"
  • Wren DeSantischaracter in film "Fun Size"
  • Wren Averytwin sister of Cath in "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell
  • Wrenalias used by Abby Appleby in "Nightingale" by Jennifer Estep
  • Wrencharacter in the video game "Costume Quest"
  • Wren Elessedilcharacter in the Heritage of Shannara series by Terry Brooks
  • Wrenmain character in novels by Sherwood Smith
  • Wren Natsworthycharacter in Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines Quartet
  • Wren Douglascharacter in Significant Others by Armistead Maupin
  • "Wren" novel by Marie Killilea
  • Wrenterm used for a member of the Women's Royal Naval Service
  • Wren SkonosCharacter in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

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