Gender: Masculine
Origin: Irish
Meaning: “prince.”

The name is derived from the Latin Brendanus which is a late Latinzation of the Gaelic male name Bréanainn which is inturn derived from an Old Welsh word breenhín meaning “prince.”

The name was borne by a St. Brendan the Voyager who is considered one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and is known for his legendary explorations of exotic lands one of the being the St. Brendan’s Island popularly speculated to be North America.

Currently, Brendan is the 229th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Brendan Брендан (Breton/English/German/Faroese/French/Icelandic/Polish/Russian/Scandinavian/Slovene/Ukrainian)
  • Brévalaire (Breton)
  • Brandà (Catalan)
  • Brandan (Catalan/Spanish)
  • Brandaan (Dutch)
  • Brennan (English)
  • Breandán (Gaelic)
  • Bréanainn (Gaelic. BREN-nen)
  • Brendano (Italian)
  • Brendanus (Late Latin)
  • Brendanas (Lithuanian)
  • Brandão (Portuguese)
  • Brendanu (Sicilian)