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Gender: Male Meaning of Bruce: "from the brushwood thicket" Origin of Bruce: Scottish and English from French Bruce's Popularity in 2017: #431

The name Bruce is a boy's name of French, Scottish, English origin meaning "from the brushwood thicket". Bruce is ranked #431 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rank These Names! (themed)".

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.

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Famous People Named Bruce

(Walter) Bruce Willis, American actor
Bruce Timm, American artist, character designer, animator, writer, producer and actor
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, American musician
Bruce Lee (Jun-fan), American actor and martial artist
Bruce MacLeish Dern, American actor
(William) Bruce Jenner, birth name of Caitlyn Marie Jenner, American decathlete and TV personality
Bruce Raymond Gradkowski, American football player
Bruce William Miller III, American football player
Bruce Lorne Campbell, American actor
Bruce Greenwood, Canadian actor and producer
Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson, British TV presenter
Bruce Dickinson, British lead singer of band Iron Maiden
Bruce Leslie McLaren, New Zealand race car designer and driver
Bruce Smith, American NFL Hall of Fame football player
Bruce Seldon, American boxer
Bruce William Boxleitner, American actor
Bruce Beresford, Australian film director
Bruce Cockburn, Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter
Bruce Hornsby, American pianist
Bruce Kulick, American musician of KISS and Grand Funk Railroad
Bruce Arians, American NFL head coach
Bruce Bochy, American baseball manager
Robert the Bruce aka Robert I, King of Scots

Pop Culture References for the name Bruce

Bruce Wayne aka Batman, DC Comics superhero
Bruce Banner aka The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Comics superhero
Bruce the Shark, character in "Finding Nemo"
Bruce Nolan, main character in 2004 film "Bruce Almighty"
Bruce Patman, character in "Sweet Valley High"
Bruce Picard, character in "Sims" series
Bruce, character on TV's "Grandfathered"
Bruce Goodman, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Bruce, minor character on TV's Family Guy
Bruce, one of the Delightful Children From Down The Lane on animated series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
The Bruces Sketch, Monty Python's Flying Circus
Bruce Bogtrotter, character in "Matilda"

Brucey, Brucie