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Gender: Female Origin of Brittany: English name of the French region Bretagne, meaning 'from Briton' Brittany's Popularity in 2017: #712

The name Brittany is a girl's name of French, English, Celtic origin. Brittany is ranked #712 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Most Common Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets You Know".

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Brittany first arrived on the US popularity list in 1971, and rapidly zoomed up the charts, in the Top 100 a decade later. By 1986 it had entered the Top 10, becoming the third most popular girls’ name in the country by 1989. After such immense popularity, there has been a steep decline, but it remains a name evocative of one of the most beautiful and culturally interesting areas of France -- and much preferable to the contracted Britney. Brittany evolved as a modern coinage from the ancient French duchy Bretagne. Celtic Bretons emigrated from France to become the Bretons of English; later the name Britain came to signify the country.

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Famous People Named Brittany

Brittany Murphy (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti), American actress
Brittany Anne Snow, American actress
Brittany Leanna "Britt" Robertson, American actress
Brittany Nicole Carpentero aka Diamond, American rapper
Brittany Ann Daniel, American actress; twin sister Cynthia Daniel
Brittany Pollack, American ballerina
Brittany Grace Lincicome, American golfer
Brittany Ashton Holmes, American actress
Brittany Joyce Elmslie, Australian Olympic swimmer
Brittany Bell, Miss Guam Universe 2014
Brittany Elizabeth Hogan Mayer, Miss California USA 2014, runner-up Miss USA
Brittany Lee Hensel, American conjoined twin and reality TV personality; twin sister Abigail "Abby" Hensel
Brittany Amanda Baxter, Canadian soccer player
Brittany Byrnes, Australian actress
Brittany Elizabeth Curran, American actress
Brittany Renee Finamore, American actress
(Morgan) Brittany McConnell, American actress, twin sister (Megan) Brianna McConnell
Brittany Alexandra Tiplady, Canadian actress
Brittany Underwood, American actress
Brittany Flickinger, American reality TV personality of "Paris Hilton's My New BFF"
Brittany Hargest, singer of American Christian group Jump5
Brittany Broben, Australian Olympic diver
Brittany Elizabeth Jackson, American basketball player
Brittany "Bre" Scullark, American model
Brittany "McKey" Sullivan, American model
Brittany "Izzy" (Johnston) Judd, violinist & wife of McFly member Harry Judd
Brittany Petros, Actress, producer, casting director

Pop Culture References for the name Brittany

Brittany Susan Pierce, character on TV's "Glee"
Brittany Marsino, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Brittany Miller, chipmunk lead singer of The Chipettes
Brittany Weston, character on TV's "Thirtysomething"
Brittany Marguerite, character on YouTube show "Most Popular Girls in School"
Brittany Mathews, character on YouTube show "Most Popular Girls in School"
Brittany Dobler, character on TV's "The Red Band Society"
Brittany Ellis, main character of Simone Elkeles's "Perfect Chemistry"
Brittany, France


Daiseymae Says:


It is a cute name, but it has been overused for the past 30 years. I can't picture this name when all of the 80s children becomes elderly.

BrittanyBrown Says:


I have to say, in my adult years, I am REALLY loving my name - Brittany! When I was growing up, everyone used to make fun of me for having the same name as Britney Spears. And her popularity overshadowed me, if felt. :( So sad. lol But it's true. However, NOW- I am just really enjoying my name. It really is a fun name. It's personable sounding, sounds like a popular girl (lol), elegant, fun to say, and warm. My mom named me Brittany Kathleen. :)

Floris Says:


I'm not a fan of Brittany (I personally am very sure that I won't name my DD Brittany, tbh) but it is imo clearly better than Britney.
Brittany (3 syllables!) isn't trashy, it sounds really nice and potentially sophisticated (it obviously depends on the person). Brtiney is... I really don't like it.

drpepper700 Says:


As a Brittany, I've never ever had anyone pronounce my name as anything but "Brit-nee", two syllables, at least here in the US. So if you're considering this name preferring a three syllable pronunciation, you should take that into consideration.

furcorn9 Says:


I like Brit-nee more than Brit-ta-nee, but I like Brittany more than Britney, Probably because of the two t's. I think it is a bit overused, but it is OK.

Luísa Says:


I pronounce Brittany and Britney differently, like you (3 syllables, 2 syllables). I'm not a fan of neither name, but I prefer the spelling and the sound of Brittany over Britney.

britney d Says:


Britney is better

britney d Says:


As A Britney, I have to disagree. Britney is much prettier.

headintheclouds Says:


Due to overexposure, I'm typically on the spectrum of "meh" to "really dislike" with regards to most 80s-90s popular names (Brian, Ryan, Samantha, Ashley etc). Along that line of thought, I dislike Britney- in my mind, it's the name a popular mean girl.

But I can see the appeal when it comes to Brittany, and I imagine I'd actually like it if it were fresher to my ears. I like the three-syllable pronunciation VS. Britney's two-syllable, and the arresting look of the double t-s in the spelling. It seems lush, romantic and a much better place name than the overused Paris, Sydney.

Jinxgirl Says:


I like the spelling of Brittany better than Britney but I don't like the three syllable pronounciation, it seems snooty. Brittany isn't a bad name but it is definitely overused in my era

bstevens09 Says:


As a Brittany, I am biased. It is overused, but I think this spelling provides a more elegant & classy look. Whereas, Britney is too easily connected with Britney Spears, and is more kiddie looking. I also believe Brittany vs. Britney were intended to be pronounced a bit differently. Brittany should be Brit-ta-nee (3 syllables & Britney should be pronounced Brit-nee (2 syllables).

TaliaCat Says:


Yuck... I'm so over this name!

miriam veblen Says:


I love the name Brittany!

britney d Says:


I hate this spelling! To me Britney is prettier.