Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Branden

Branden is slightly respelled version of Brandon – a name which often gets associated with the Irish Brendan. The “Bran” vs. “Bren” prefix is a little tricky. Brandon (and thus Branden) is typically connected with a surname derived from a couple of place names in England. Originally rendered as “Brandun(e)”, these villages date back over 1,000 years and take their name from the Olde English words “brom” meaning “broom” (in reference to a thorny bush; the twigs from which were used to make brooms) and “dun” which referred to a “down” (a treeless hill). These old medieval hamlets would have been named Brandun for a characteristic topographical feature of their landscape (i.e., “broom hill”). Names with the “Bren” prefix, however, are considered more Irish-Gaelic, from “Breandán” (Brendan) – probably borrowed from the Welsh “breenhin” – meaning “prince”. In summary, the “Bran” prefix is considered English while the “Bren” names are more Irish. Although they sound so similar, they are often all considered variants of one another.

All About the Baby Name – Branden

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME BRANDEN

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME BRANDEN

The Branden spelling has been around since 1970 (following Brandon which first appeared in 1950). Branden just followed the success of the more commonly used Brandon (which became a Top 100 choice in the 1970s). In fact Brandon achieved super popularity in the early 1990s when he held position #6 on the charts from 1994-1996 (perhaps influenced by the TV character Brandon Walsh on “Beverley Hills 90210”). Branden hasn’t fared as well on the charts, but he has been riding the coattails of his big brother and mimicking his overall success (just to a much lesser extent). So many of the “B” baby boy names seem to blur into each other: Brandon, Brendan, Brayden, Braylen, Brennan, etc. Not to mention their many respective respellings. It gets a little confusing! It really must come down to specific sound preference.

Quick Facts

ON BRANDEN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

986

PRONUNCIATION:

BRAN-dən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Broom hill

Characteristics

OF BRANDEN

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Branden

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRANDEN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Branden

Popular Songs

ON BRANDEN

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Famous People

NAMED BRANDEN

Branden Steineckert (punk rock musician)
Branden Ore (college football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRANDEN

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRANDEN

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