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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 64 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

    88% Approval Rating
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      7 Positive Comments

  • "Bruce Arians, NFL head coach Bruce Banner, the alter ego of the Hulk Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres baseball team manager and past Padres catcher Bruce Dickinson, lead vocalist of Iron Maiden Bruce Lee, martial artist and movie star Bruce McLaren, race car driver and designer Bruce Morrow ("Cousin Brucie"), American radio personal Bruce Seldon, American WBA heavyweight and world champion Bruce Smith (defensive end), all-star NFL defensive end Bruce Springsteen, American singer-songwriter Bruce Wayne, a billionaire and the secret identity of Batman Bruce Willis, American actor Bruce, a great white shark in Finding Nemo Marshall Bruce Mathers III, also known as Eminem." Mar. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bruce is a cool name, it reminds me of Bruce Maddox , character in the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation & later on Star Trek: Picard , Bruce Maddox was a male Human 24th century Starfleet cyberneticist, one of the most prominent Federation researchers in that field in the late 24th century. He worked in the Cybernetics Division of the Daystrom Institute and, in 2365, was the Associate Chair of Robotics. He would later be promoted to Chair of Robotics." Feb. 21, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "A decent name, it reminds me of Bruce Morrow, the American radio performer famous as "Cousin Brucie" and also Mr. Bruce the chihuahua dog character in the 2019 Jennifer Lopez film "Hustlers"" Oct. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "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

  • "The director of a show i auditioned for was called bruce and he selected his daughter who also had the last name bruce. the daughter was also a flat singer so maybe all bruce's are annoying and selfish amen" Jan. 23, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      7 Neutral Comments

  • "My middle son's name is Bruce, I named him Bruce because when he was born he was bruise badly during delivery and looked like a "brute" thus the name "Bruce" I love the name...!!and love the man!!" Nov. 3, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "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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