Alternate spellings: Brenden, Brendon
Brendan would be an excellent pick if you’re looking for an Irish name that is easy to spell and pronounce, unlike its quirkier cousins Bronwyn and Seamus. Brendan dates back at least to the sixth century, means “prince,” and famous Brendans include Catholic saints, but Mommy and Daddy can still put little Brendan on time-out for flushing his Power Rangers down the potty. In the U.S., Brendan made the top 1,000 for the first time in 1941. It steadily gained popularity until 1999, reaching its peak at #96.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008