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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 2018: #478

The name Bruce is a boy's name of French, Scottish, English origin meaning "from the brushwood thicket". Bruce is ranked #478 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Favourite Names in the last signature".

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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Popularity

Bruce is #375 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Bruce

Pop Culture References for the name Bruce

Brucey, Brucie

Comments

ohbaby72 Says:

2018-02-09T17:05:35

MadeleineClare (beautiful name btw), I think you were a bit harsh and incorrect in that reply to Bruce. This may be regional, but I remember the 80s and can tell you that the name Bruce was used in gay jokes and was thought of as effeminate. I completely understand what bruceoren was trying to communicate. He was indeed bullied because of his name, simple as that.

However, having said this, I will also agree with the other posts here that Bruce is a cool name for a boy **in our time today**. A lot has changed since the 70s and 80s and Bruce is becoming a popular name now. It's considered handsome and strong. I know of two baby Bruce's so far.

I think bruceoren was trying to spare any boys the taunting he suffered, and his good intent is what I see here. He doesn't realize how (thankfully) the perception today is completely different. I can also see how his posts could make others defensive, as they can only see Bruce in it's current context, which is positive. No one likes being told they are a bad parent for their name choice.

Bruce, I'm sorry you took so much sh*t for your name and people were such aholes. I agree about sparing kids silly names, but your name, go figure, has become cool and popular now. 40 years too late, sorry.

zsazsa00 Says:

2018-01-03T19:12:48

I am recently loving the name Bruce. It seems to suit an older generation better, but I think the soft syllables would be well worn on a child as well. Classic names were never my style before but I am falling in love them now and this is on the top of my list for a little boy. Mostly because other then being a classic/traditional name it check all my other boxes like having nature ties, Celtic roots, historical context and good modern role models.
Batman definitely plays a role in getting my partner to love this name as he loves Batman, but I am also a huge DC fan (for many years now) and it's weird cause I never liked it before despite hearing it in use so much. I bet a little boy would love to share a name with Batman too. My sibs are named after historical figures and I always felt a little left out not having a fun namesake.

MadeleineClaire Says:

2017-12-07T15:06:18

It sounds like the issue isn’t with your name, it sounds like deep seeded insecurities about being picked on. I’m sorry to say your name isn’t what made you a target for horrible bullying, kids will just find anything to pick on you for. Bruce is one of the most masculine sounding names I know, it oozes with testosterone.
Honestly mate, you should talk to someone. I bet if you dig a little deeper you will realise there is some serious pain that goes beyond your name, which is my grandfather’s name too.
All the best.

Bruce77 Says:

2016-10-26T14:31:55

So let me see if I have this straight; you have Bruce Willis, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Lee, Bruce Dickinson (lead singer of heavy metal group Iron Maiden), Bruce Seldon (American WBA heavyweight champion of 1995), Bruce Arians, (NFL head coach), Bruce Smith (American NFL Hall of Fame football player), Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, and Bruce the shark in “Finding Nemo," and you think Bruce is a pretty-boy feminine name? Absolutely amazing!

eveyalecia Says:

2016-09-13T07:56:02

I'm not trying to discount what you're saying, and I'm sorry you've had such an awful experience with your name, but this absolutely blows me away! I mean, my first connotations with the name Bruce are Batman and Bruce Willis, plus I always connect Bruce to the word 'brute.' I just can't imagine anyone considering this a soft or pretty-boy name, at least not overwhelmingly. I also agree with some of the other commenters-- I picture this on a grown man much easier than a little boy. (Also, maybe I'm too young for the gay references, because I've never heard them?) I'm shocked (and, again, sorry to hear) that you've been teased for your name!

Carol Says:

2016-07-15T17:11:45

i am surprised that all the comments say it is not a name for a grown man. i feel the exact opposite, i have a hard time imagining a little boy bruce, i think of very manly men, scottish kings and bruce willis. My husband has an uncle Bruce, so we probably won't use it, but i have always loved this name.

peace, love, and nutella Says:

2015-12-06T11:27:56

I know two guys named Bruce who have brothers named Chris. Do you think it would be fun to introduce them to each other?

Zelliew Says:

2015-06-30T11:35:32

I understand where you are coming from. Parents choose the name but they don't have to live with it.

SunKissedChild Says:

2014-08-27T06:19:05

Bruce is the ultimate tough guy name. I find it harsh, and rather unappealing, and it reminds me of the shark named Bruce from "Finding Nemo". It also makes me imagine the stereotypical middle aged Australian man, saying "G'day, I'm Bruce".

ShannonLim Says:

2014-08-25T05:35:56

To me Bruce seems more suitable for a grown man than a little boy. It's a very masculine name for a tough guy :)

emekct Says:

2014-08-25T05:11:46

What is the problem with the name Bruce? I think it's perfectly wearable on an adult. Why don't you like it?