The name Bruce is a boy's name of French, Scottish, English origin meaning "from the brushwood thicket". Bruce is ranked #437 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".
From the experts:
Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but has been rarely used here for a generation -- though the impact of Bruces Lee, Springsteen, Dern and Willis, as well as Batman's Bruce Wayne -- still lingers. At one time Bruce was so widespread in Australia, it became a nickname for any Ozzie man. An interesting alternative is Brix, the Normandy place name where the Bruce family originated.