Gender: Female Meaning of Bree: "strength or exalted one" Origin of Bree: Irish, from Brid, Brigh, Brigid

Bree Origin and Meaning

The name Bree is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "strength or exalted one".

A short, breezy name with a sophisticated yet upbeat image, that doesn't betray its Irish roots. Bree first came to notice here in 1971 via the complex prostitute character in the movie Klute, which earned Jane Fonda an Oscar. More recently, it was tied to the character of Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives.

Other recent references include Stephenie Meyer's novella The Short Second Life of Bree Turner in the Twilight series. And in the popular Fancy Nancy children's book series, Bree is Nancy's bff.

The Bree spelling is much preferable to the cheese-related Brie.

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Pop Culture References for the name Bree

Brielle, Brae, Breigh, Bri, Bray, Brie, Bre, Brei


paulapuddephatt Says:



paulapuddephatt Says:


Sweet, beautiful name

PontyPool Says:


I put Bree in the same category as gorgonzola, cheddar and Roquefort.

pixelatedinfants Says:


My friend, Brianne, goes by Bree/Bri, I'm not sure how she spells. Both are beautiful names

Wittyusername103 Says:


I really like this as a both a middle and a name.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like this name on either gender!

Chris Smith Says:


My, my,my,i was going to write everything you wrote.Including,two daughters named after me lol!! I didn't met anyone with my name until 1991.Therefore spawning the phrase of mine "I am the original Bree" with everyone named Bree I met from that time on!! Now here is the kicker.......
I'm a MAN!¡¡ So with that said, I am the only guy with the name Bree in the world & I find that a honor.Until now,everything I have seen about the meaning of Bree was "a type of broth". With the "exalted one" meaning, I will place in my heart of hearts!!
P.S. Chris Smith is my name I use on the web.It is also the most common Caucasian name in the world..ha-ha

ambercat Says:


Sounds like cheese to me. I went to junior high with a boy named D'Bree (pronounced the same as debris) which has a different mental image, poor guy.

WakahisaDManami Says:


I love this one. The Lord of the Rings and Narnia connections just make it even better!

"When it rains it pours, as we say in Bree." =)

hufflepuff Says:


I like this name. It's short & breezy if you will; easy to say and spell. I love the LOTR connection. This would make a much more original single syllable middle name than Grace, Faith, Rose, etc.

Bree Constance Says:


This is my name as well, this is the first time I have ever seen the Jane Fonda/Klute/prostitute reference...which is exactly how I was named!!
Fonda's character was actually "Bree Daniels" -- My parents saw the movie in 1972 when my mom was pregnant...I was born early in 1973 as "Bree Dannelle".
I grew up on the East Coast and was literally the only person named Bree that I had ever met or heard of...until I was about 20 and two different acquaintances named their daughters after me with the same spelling.

Unfortunately...growing up...I hated it with a passion. People didn't understand it, I could never find cute little trinkets with my name engraved, etc...I had never been made aware of the Lord of the Rings reference or the Narnia reference until I was in my 30's!! Whenever anyone inquired, my parents would always joke about the Jane Fonda attachment -- and then I'd get even weirder looks, ahahaha!
I don't mind it at all feels special...and I know I'm one of the first people (in this country, anyway) to have had the name.
It just so happens that I also have Irish heritage...and the name being associated with strength couldn't be anymore 'on point'.

PS - I hate it when people relate my name to the cheese, and it's ok if a bunch of people do not like the name (reading the quotes here)...hopefully it will continue to be special and unique!

Bree Says:


This is my name, and I love it. Growing up no one hardly had this name, now it's more common. It's short concise but sweet. I hate when people take it upon themselves to add anne or anna to my name because, I hate those names. When people ask me if my name is Brie like the cheese.... I say 'No, like the girl!" ;). This one guy named Duke, insisted on calling me Breanne, and so I in return always called him Dooky.

flora_kate Says:


But it's yummy cheese, and better than being named for a horse (although I am probably the only one who would think of that association).

Guest Says:


Brie is cheese...

flora_kate Says:


Bree? Like the (male) horse in The Chronicles of Narnia? Brie is just so much better...

ldougie Says:


I think this would work better as a nickname.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I don't much like this name.

leonoras Says:


Bree is also a village in The Lord of the Rings...I would not choose this as a name.