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Origin: French
Meaning: Brushwood

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Bruce

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Bruce in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Bruce:

  • Records indicate that 378,182 boys in the United States have been named Bruce since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1956, when 14,626 people in the U.S. were given the name Bruce. Those people are now 60 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Bruce

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      4 Positive Comments

  • "My boyfriends name is Bruce. At first I thought it was funny, but now I'm used to it. He has a unique middle name which is good because he has a VERY common last name. His mom liked his initials, she thought it was sophisticated. BWJ" May. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Despite the connection to both Batman and the Incredible Hulk, I didn't really like my name until I discovered it's meaning. Although, most of my sources say it means, 'from the thicket woods' as opposed to the 'Brushwood' listed above. It's a French [Norman] name , 'Bruise,' brought to Scotland by a noble family that came with William the Conqueror in 1066." Jul. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most people have told me that 'Bruce' is a burly name appropriate for truck drivers and lumberjacks." Mar. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. I like it because it is a strong name that is not common, but is classic." May. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My ex-husband's middle name was Bruce. He was very illogical, feminine and sometimes came across as very ignorant reguarding his actions in relation to others. We always used to chalk it up to the Bruce in his middle name. Sorry to say, but everyone I know says this name with a fake lisp as if to suggest that it belongs to a homosexual man." Jul. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "I LOVE the name Bruce, although I might be somewhat prejudiced because it was my dad's name! We used it for a middle name for one of our sons, and our other son used it as a middle name for one of HIS sons. So I'm happy that it's continuing in the family." Jun. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name, going to name my first son this. =]" Mar. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nephew's name is Bruce Wayne (Last Name) I call him Batman. He's a "Third" So Bruce is a family name for him." Jun. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bruce Wayne is the true identity of Batman. The name is also borne by the American rock singer Bruce Springsteen." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know many men named BRUCE and they all like their names." Dec. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When i and others that i know hear the name "Bruce", we think of a homosexual man. Nothing wrong with homosexuals, but it may give your child a rough time in school." Jun. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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