Gender: Female Origin of Wren: English bird and nature name Wren's Popularity in 2018: #469

Wren Origin and Meaning

The name Wren is a girl's name of English origin.

Wren, a lilting songbird name, could be the next Robin. It makes a particularly pleasing middle name choice, as does her newly discovered cousin Lark. Wren entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2012 and is among the new wave of popular English names for girls.

This petite bird was regarded in Ireland as the "magician of the birds" and the Druids considered it a bird of prophecy. Thanks to an early fable, it has also been known as King of the Birds.

For architects there's the link to the great Sir Christopher Wren, the celebrated eighteenth century designer of London's St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Rank in US: #469

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Femfilly Says:


We used Wren for our daughter in November. Middle name Lee, which was my Granny's middle name. For a nickname we call her baby bird, bird or Wrenlee. I supervise a nature center, so it was an obvious choice.

CailinRua Says:


Just no. I don't like word names.

bethlena Says:


I do love this name so much! Just its lack of nicknames holds me back slightly, perhaps one could get away with Winnie (not Wrennie, because Rennies are a gas pill in England!) Oh my. I have grown up called by a one syllable name (Beth) and I always hated one syllable names because I found them too boring, but this one is fresh and interesting. I could make an exception for Wren!

Piteco Says:


I don't understand the hype about Wren. The sound isn't feminine imo and its a bit meh. About bird names I still prefer Robin or Zipporah.

NameLover 11 Says:


I love this name. But ti is so Nameberry.

emilyshurmer Says:


My maiden name is Lawrence, so I quite like the idea of using 'Wren' for a middle name for a girl as an abbreviation of La'wren'ce!

Dipper Says:


Wren is very sleek and poetic. It has a very unique feel to it. Very nice name; I like it better than Lark and Robin.

CDG Says:


Wren is so cute!

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Wren is adorable, mostly because of the little birds! I find it timeless and can imagine a Wren on all ages. Also, it is a brilliant middle name for more long and feminine first names.

cmariac Says:


I wasn't originally a fan of this name bc I wasn't sure what bird it was referencing; but I looked it up on google images and if those little birds aren't the cutest namesake I don't know what is! :)

jaz.fortune Says:


so cute! I would use it with Anastasia since its a very long and grand name. I think this name works great with long first and last names. Anastasia Wren... SOO PRETTY TO ME

fromtheocean12 Says:


I'm not that big a fan of nature names, but the first time I heard Wren (which was in the book Fangirl), I fell for it. It's so gorgeous and simple, strong and delicate at the same time. I don't just see it as a middle name, but it could also work very well as a first name.

LavenderLullabies Says:


I prefer Lark, but Wren is still gorgeous.

Catherine Rose Says:


My name is Catherine and Wren is my nn. This is because, where I'm from my name is pronounced like ca-ther-ren. Could be another option.

Catherine Rose Says:


What's your full name? (Just first and middle, not last. I'm not a creep. ;)

Catherine Rose Says:


This is my nn and I love it

EW314 Says:


This is fast becoming the new Rose of the middle name world, at least on NB, but I'm not holding that against it.

I like it: it's cute and quirky, but it's just no longer as original as people think.

IvyTheRoserade Says:


I love Nature related names for some reason! This is no exception. Wren is very pretty!! I've always loved Robin and Lark, and Wren fits right in! Bird names are very beautiful. (Although I don't think I'd name my kid Blue footed booby. Haha!)

Alsace Says:


This name was a favorite of mine as a teenager. Unfortunately my husband shot it down when we named our daughter. I may put it back on my list for potential number 2.

headintheclouds Says:


I like Wren and the whole nature name aspect. I love Ren as a nickname (mostly for boys' names- e.g. Lorenzo), so in my head I think of Wren as the girl-nickname version of Ren. Wren sounds spunky and direct and cool, but I'd personally use it just as a nickname to something longer- like maybe Lauren (don't really like Lauren but it's the only full name for Wren I can think of), or some unrelated name and Wren gets to be an affectionate pet name,

JustNorthofDreams Says:


Although it isn't my favorite name, I instantly liked this name, it has a nice sweet and short ring to it!

sirens_sam Says:


I fell so hard for this name I absolutely love it and I don't usually like nature inspired names. It's currently my #1 name for a girl followed by Alba as #2. I think its sleek and spunky as well as unique without being ridiculous. I couldn't put it as a middle name on a future daughter because I love it that much.

larkspur83 Says:


This is so pretty when it's written out, but when I hear it in real life, I immediately think "Ren" like Ren & Stimpy, which just kind of ruins it for me.

ThistleThorn Says:


I know someone who named her daughter Ren, because she thought the W was stupid because you don't really pronounce it.

LittleHeifer02 Says:


I usually love (and I mean LOVE) nature names but I just can't stand Wren - especially on a girl for some reason.

babymagic Says:


My eyes always see wrench, but if I heard the name in person, I would probably like it a lot.

DearestJules Says:


Wren isn't on my list either, but I can see the appeal. It's soft, adorable, and a nature name.

indiefendi2 Says:


It's so sleek. :)

EvaThyssen Says:


I don't like this name, I can't see the appeal. I prefer Lauren.

Addie88 Says:


Great middle name with a longer first name.

Whirligig Says:


I love this name so I chose it to be my nickname. The meaning is adorable and it is short with soft sounds. Love it!

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


I love this as a middle name!

Alicia1 Says:


Its such a cool name without standing out. I see it and think oh, that's nice, I like it!

Angelicaecb Says:


I like Reni, but recently I keep thinking of Wren and Ren, which just reminds me of the Ren and Stimpy cartoon :/

Guest Says:


I liked this name back in the days or Even Stevens but now it's getting all trendy and stuff so I think I'll stay away from it for a long time.

mabespark Says:


I absolutely adore this.

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geeknamezyo Says:


One of the most unpretentious and accessible nature names. Very likable.