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Gender: Female Meaning of Brenda: "blade of a sword" Origin of Brenda: Scottish Brenda's Popularity in 2017: #915

The name Brenda is a girl's name of Celtic origin meaning "blade of a sword". Brenda is ranked #915 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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First the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's 1822 novel The Pirate, then a glamorous 1940s debutante, then the troubled twin on Beverly Hills 90210, and now fading in favor of more modern Brenna, Briana, and Bryn. Much more likely to be worn by a mother or grandmother these days. The song "Brenda's Got a Baby" was late rap megastar Tupac's debut single.

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Famous People Named Brenda

Brenda Irene Isabelle Frances Theresa Dean Paul, English actress and socialite
Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley), American pop singer
Brenda Anne Blethyn, English actress
Brenda Song, American actress
Brenda Lee Strong, American actress
Brenda Diana Duff Frazier, American socialite
Brenda Joyce (born Betty Graftina Leabo), American actress
Brenda Marshall (born Ardis Ankerson), American actress
Brenda Fricker, Irish actress
Brenda Ann Benet, American actress
Brenda Buell Vaccaro, American actress
Brenda Irene Dickson, American actress
Brenda Bruce, English actress
Brenda Buttner, American TV journalist
Brenda Doreen Mignon de Banzie, English actress
Brenda Venus, American model and actress
Brenda Anne Marie Schultz-McCarthy, Dutch tennis player
Brenda Lea Turnbaugh, American actress; twin sister Wendi Turnbaugh
Brenda Jean Bakke, American actress
Brenda Novak, American romance novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Brenda

"Brenda Starr, Reporter," comic strip and film
Brenda Leigh Johnson, main character on TV's "The Closer"
Brenda, Tony Last's unfaithful wife in "A Handful of Dust" (1934) by Evelyn Waugh
Brenda Montgomery, character on French-Canadian parody soap "Le coeur a ses raisons"
Brenda Walsh, character on TV's "Beverly Hills 90210"
Brenda Jenkins, character on TV's "227"
"Brenda's Got a Baby," song by Tupac Shakur
Brenda Meeks, character from "Scary Movie"
Brenda, a character in "The Scorch Trials"

Brenndah, Brenna, Bren, Brennda, Brenn