[ 2 syll. bren-da, br-e-nda ] The baby girl name Brenda is pronounced as BREHND-ah †. Brenda is an English and Irish name of Old Norse origin. The name may be a short form of various compound names with the element 'brandr' (meaning sword, torch). It is sometimes taken as the feminine form of the Old Irish Brendan, despite the difference in their origins. It was first used as a given name in the Shetland Isles of Scotland, and the usage spread to other English-speaking countries by the end of the 19th century, in part contributed by the name being used for a central character in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Pirate (1821), which is also set mainly in Shetland. The name later saw a boost in popularity from the US television series Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000), in which the characters Brenda and Brandon Walsh are twins.
Brenda has 21 variant transcriptions. Variation transcriptions of Brenda include Brandea, Breandan, Brena, Brend, Brendalynn, Brendell, Brendette, Brendie, Brendolyn, Brendyl, Brenie, Brenna, Brennda, Brenndah, Brienda, Brinda, Brynda, and Labrenda. Other English forms include the shortening Bren, the diminutive Brenn, and the spelling variant Brendah.
Brenda is a classic favorite. Currently it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but not to the degree it was previously. The name's popularity grew from the 1920s up to the 1950s. At the height of its usage in 1950, 1.184% of baby girls were named Brenda. It had a ranking of #14 then. The baby name has seen a marked fall in popularity since then. In 2012, its usage was only 0.029% and its ranking #538, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all girl names in its family. In 2012, Brenda was 23% more frequently used than the subsequent ranked name, Brenna. Brenda has mainly been a baby girl name, though in the last century it has also been used for boys. There were 275 times as many baby girls than boys who were named Brenda in 1965.
Baby names that sound like Brenda include Bernette, Brandea, Brandee, Brandei, Brandey, Brandi, Brandie, Brandii, Brandy, Brandye, Branndie, Brendee, Brendette, Brendi, Brendie, Brendy, Bronte, Brontë, Brunette, and Burnet.
† Pronunciation for Brenda: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
A famous person named Brenda is Cartoon Character, Brenda Starr, born 30 June 1940.