[ 2 syll. bren-dan, br-end-an ] The baby boy name Brendan is pronounced BREHN-DahN (English) †. Brendan is of Celtic origin. It is used mainly in English and Irish. The meaning of Brendan is 'prince'. Old forms of the name include Brendanus (Latinized) and Bréanainn (Old Irish). Alternative derivations of the name suggest the meaning 'stinking hair' or 'he who lives by the beacon'. The name was borne by the 6th-century Saint Brendan the Navigator, an early Irish monastic saint known for his semi-legendary quest to the Isle of the Blessed. Some believe that the isle he reached was actually America, and that he was thus the first to discover the continent.
Brendan is a widely used name; it has 25 derivatives that are used in English and foreign languages. English derivatives of the name include Branden, Brandon, Brannon, Branon, Breandan (used in Irish too), Brend, Brendano, Brendin, Brendis, Brendun, Brendyn, Brenen, Brenn, Brennan, Brenndan, Brennen, Brenner, Brennon, Brenon, Breny, and Bryn. Other English forms include the contracted form Bren, and the spelling variants Brenden and Brendon. The Irish Breandán is a derivative of Brendan that is used in foreign languages.
See also the related form, the English and Irish Brenda.
Brendan is rather popular as a baby boy name. The name increased in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1990s. At the peak of its usage in 1999, 0.196% of baby boys were named Brendan. It was #96 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a drop in frequency since then. In 2016, it ranked at #451 with a usage of only 0.034%, but it was nevertheless the 2nd most popular after Brandon, out of all boy names in its family. It was 6 times more regularly used than Brendan in 2016.
† Pronunciation for Brendan: 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 Brendan is Brendan Fraser, Actor, born 3 December 1968, Indianapolis, Indiana.