Gender: Female Meaning of Brenna: "descendant of the sad one" Origin of Brenna: Feminine form of Brennan

Brenna Origin and Meaning

The name Brenna is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "descendant of the sad one".

Brenna is a feminine form of the Irish surname Brennan, or perhaps a variation of Brenda or Brendan—all of which have different meanings. Whatever its derivation or authenticity, it's a modern sounding name which has steadily decreased in popularity since 1995 when it peaked at Number 235 in the United States.

Brenna O'Brien is a Canadian actress.

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Pop Culture References for the name Brenna

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kankhen Says:


My American friend is named Brenna and she's the only one I know with this name! It's a very pretty name -- much prettier than Brenda in my opinion

Kit1 Says:


They always say Breanna

Kit1 Says:


Brenna does not mean descendant of the sad one it means little raven or raven haired. Someone needs to correct this.

Just.Another.Ep Says:


My name is Brenna. People always mispronounce it... I get called 8 different other names before someone finally gets it. But I'm also an identical twin so I'm kind of used to people messing up my name. Makes me laugh when people get it wrong.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name, so sweet

Brenna Hensley Says:


ay my name's Brenna as well. I'm fine with my name, I know its gaelic/irish and means raven-haired. I never heard of it meaning 'descendant of the sad one', lmao.
The only reason I don't like the name Brenna is because of how close it sounds to Brenda or Breanna, and I've NEVER liked those type of names. Ironic, haha. That's why it's a pet peeve of mine when people mispronounce my name. It happens all the time!

BrennaNotBrenda Says:


People look at the name quickly and assume it's Brenda or Breanna. Those are the two I get a lot.

Sarastarnamenerd Says:


How do people mispronounced it? I'm from Canada and it seems like a simple pronunciation.

indecisiveauthor Says:


My name is Brenna, it's an Irish name that relates to ravens. As into color of hair or little raven. The only thing that I dislike about my name is how people mispronounce it.

disqus_QIssZHZ74K Says:


The name really means raven or raven color hair in Irish. And is actually Irish this site is wrong.