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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Brendan

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

A few facts about the boy's name Brendan:

  • Records indicate that 84,361 boys in the United States have been named Brendan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1999, when 3,994 people in the U.S. were given the name Brendan. Those people are now 21 years old.

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      16 Positive Comments

  • "i love this name so much my favourite character is called that lol" Nov. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brenden, but I'm a girl. At this point I've accepted it and like that it's unique, but I'm still looking for another girl that shares my name!" Dec. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brendan, I know that everyone here says their names are always mispronounced, but almost everyone i know pronounces my name correctly." Apr. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think brendan is a lovely name, if I have a boy he's going to be called brendan after my mum brenda. But seems everyone on here has same problem with people misspronoucing which must be really annoying but hay still think its a real nice name." Feb. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name but its spelled differently its Brenden and most the time people call me by my last name because they mess my name up almost all the time." May. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Brendan Is an Irish name meaning "Little Raven", often used for dark haired babies. St. Brendan the Navigator traveled all the way to North America and then managed to find his way back to Ireland again. Christopher Columbus had St. Brendan's route charted on the maps he used to cross the Atlantic. Clearly a superior name." Apr. 26, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone with this name, but it's spelled Brendon. I like Brendon better than Brendan. Anyways, yes he gets called Brandon (Brendon is SO much better than Brandon) and I've heard his mom call him Bren. I love the name Brendon :) <3" Dec. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name! Of course, everyone also says Brandon. Brendan is not that uncommon, but I get sick of people calling my son the wrong name and misspelling it. It's not rocket science people!" Dec. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little brother's name is Brendan. Like everyone else, people mistakenly call him Brandon... though it doesn't seem to be happening as much as it used to. I always thought that mistake was weird, as I knew 3 Brendans (aside from my brother) just in my very small high school, and have never known a Brandon. I like Brendan way more than Brandon. Better flava." Mar. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Quick questions for all you Brendans out there...Im the little sister of a Brendan, and I have always shortened his name to Bren, is this common for all of you? But I feel for all of you with the spelling and pronuciation, my name is Kacie and people never get that right." Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "In the U.S. people mispronounce and misspell my name all the time. I pretty much answer to anything that sounds remotely close to Brendan. That being said, I love my name and the fact that's it's relatively unique - at least in the States. I rarely meet anyone with the same name as me and when I do I feel a special connection with that person! :-)" Oct. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name Brendan. It's always mispronounced; my six-year-old son Brendan already spells his name out when giving it to someone who doesn't know, like at school, because they're constantly calling him Brandon. When he was a baby and people would ask, I tried pronouncing it as "Brindin" so people wouldn't hear a short "a" sound, but I just felt stupid and gave that up. Still love the name though; my name is fairly uncommon and always mispronounced/misspelled so I'm used to it I guess." Feb. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my husbands name. I like it, the only problem is that he gets called Brenda or Brandon a lot." Nov. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "well its my name and it kind of feels akward when i go out in public and someone says my name but everyone that noes my name does not think it is wierd" Jun. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think I speak for all Brendans when I say that we feel far superior to those lesser folk, the Brandons. (We need not even speak of the Brandens, who must have difficulties enough.) Brendan is, demonstrably, the proper spelling for our name, no matter how popular that stupid zip code Fox show was." Jun. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I often went to St Brendan's Church while we were dating, and also got married there. So, it was only appropriate to name our son Brendan. This is a great name!" Jan. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is 'Brendan' and everyone spells it Brendon when i say mi name to them but hey i dont really worry that much as long as i hear Brendan ill answer, but i do like the name brandon i perfer it any way. I have a name bag that has brendon written on it. Its a nice name i like it" Apr. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brendan and people have got my name wrong since the first day of kindergarten. When I first meet someone and tell them my name, I'd say its a 50/50 split on whether or not they get it right, or call me Brandon. It's cool that actors like Brendan Fraser are popular so more people know about this name and get it right more often." Jun. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a great old Irish name. St. Brendan the navigator is believed to have found North America before Leif Eriksson from Iceland. St Brendan was a Christian monk who lived in Ireland" May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • ""ew. too easliy confused with brandon" Brandon?! Bleagh! I've met several dozen Brandon's in my life, but only two Brendans. (I was named in 1975.) We're a much rarer breed. I met a Garifuna guy named Brendan in a small village in Belize -- we made an immediate bond. Incidentally, Saint Brendan, a warrior monk from Ireland was one of the first Europeans to set foot on North America, way back in the 5th Century. However, I read somewhere that in gaellic, Brendan means "dirty hair." That may be apocryphal." Feb. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "they mispronounce it as brandon and you tell them BRENDAN but they say it wrong anyway because they don't think you know what your name is" Mar. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brendan, many people say it it is pronounced brendin. many people have difficulties pronouncing my proper name and call me brandin. I have only ever once met someone with my same name in terms of pronunciation and spelling. Although not as common as the improper pronunciation, a common misspelling is Brenden. Once i met a guy in a gas station. I looked at his tag and thought it said Brendan. When i looked a second time it said Brenden. I gave a noticable sigh as it had gotten my hopes up. They guy at the gas station aked what i was sighing about and i told I thought we had the same name but i was wrong. He then asked what my name was and i told him it was Brendan. He then commeted that his name tag was just a misprint and his name was actually Brendan, i asked him how the real spelling was and it was the same! I made a point of calling him brendan and said bye brendan as I was leaving. So there is my only encounter meeting my own name." Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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