Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Brecken

Brecken is a surname-turned-first-name which may have found its etymological roots in one of two places. Many people consider Brecken an anglicized form of an old Irish clan name, Ó Breacain, meaning “descended from Breacan”. From this perspective, the Gaelic personal name Breacán essentially means “little freckled one” from the elements “breac” meaning “spotted, speckled” plus the Irish diminutive suffix “án”. Aside from Brecken’s potential Irish roots, it’s also a surname derived from a place name. From this perspective, Bracken (Yorkshire) or Brechin (Scotland) developed from an Olde English word (Anglo-Saxon) “bræcan” which stood for a new piece of land suitable for growing crops. There is also a gulf of water in the Scottish Highlands known as the Gulf of Corryvreckan (Gaelic: Coire Bhreacain) which means “cauldron of the speckled sea” getting us back to the “speckled” Gaelic meaning of the name. The first recorded spelling of this surname appeared as “de Brechyn” in the late 12th century in Scotland. As a forename, Brecken is used almost exclusively in the United States, perhaps by some in reference to the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado.

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Personality

OF THE BOY NAME BRECKEN

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 BRECKEN

Brecken is a recently discovered surname now being used as a masculine first name in America. The name only appeared in regular circulation (i.e., on the Top 1000 list) in 2011. American parents are fond of first names starting with the “Br-“ suffix, especially those with surnamey appeal: Bradley, Brady, Branson, Brantley, Braxton, Broderick, Brody, Brogan, Bronson, Bryant and Bryson. Brecken seems like a natural follower in the race to find something underused and different. Brecken is one of the newest additions to the growing list of last names turned first names. A perfect choice for a freckle-faced little boy.

Quick Facts

ON BRECKEN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

877

PRONUNCIATION:

BRECK-әn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Little freckled one

Characteristics

OF BRECKEN

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Brecken

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRECKEN

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Popular Songs

ON BRECKEN

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Famous People

NAMED BRECKEN

Brecken Palmer (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRECKEN

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRECKEN

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