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Gender: Male Meaning of Brendan: "prince" Origin of Brendan: Irish Brendan's Popularity in 2017: #516

The name Brendan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "prince". Brendan is ranked #516 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Trouble and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

According to Irish legend, Saint Brendan the Voyager was the first European to touch American soil, and his name has been established here for decades, peaking in the late 1990s. It first appeared on the US charts in 1941, especially popular, not surprisingly, for Irish-American boys. It is sometimes confused with the English surname name Brandon.

Notable namesakes include Irish playwright Brendan Behan and actor Brendan Fraser. Mark Wahlberg used it for his son.

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Famous People Named Brendan

Brendan James Fraser, American actor
Brendan Rodgers, Northern Irish footballer
Brendan Coyle, Irish actor
Brendan Joseph Hansen, American Olympic swimmer
Brendan Buckley, American drummer
Brendan Jacob Joel Fehr, Canadian actor
Brendan "Benny" Lewis, Irish entrepreneur and blogger
Brendan Murray, member of Irish boyband HomeTown
Brendan Rooney, American writer and producer
Brendan Joseph Wahlberg, son of American actor Mark Wahlberg
Brendan McAvoy, son of Scottish actor James McAvoy
Brendan Cole, English dancer

Pop Culture References for the name Brendan

Brendan Rowe, character on TV's "Charmed"
Brendan Davenport, character on Irish TV's "The Clinic"
Brendan, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Brendan, a main character in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Brendan Reynolds, character in movie "Blended"

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ashbee Says:


Brendan is the adorable red-headed protagonist in the magical animated film The Secret of Kells. I like how it sounds, too.