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 "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
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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.