Gender: Female Origin of Brittany: English name of the French region Bretagne, meaning 'from Briton' Brittany's Popularity in 2019: #845

Brittany Origin and Meaning

The name Brittany is a girl's name of French, English, Celtic origin.

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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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I feel the same way. The 3 syllable pronunciation feels very gritty and toothy to me.

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.