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Gender: Male Meaning of Brendan: "prince" Origin of Brendan: Irish Brendan's Popularity in 2018: #564

The name Brendan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "prince". Brendan is ranked #564 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Trouble and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (41 - with occupations)".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Brendan

Brendano, Brendyn, Brendin, Brendon

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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.