Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Brenton

Brenton is the transferred use of an old English surname derived from a place name (given to a few different medieval villages variously recorded as Brinton, Brington or Bryneton). The name ultimately means “Bryni’s homestead” from Bryni – an ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name originating from the Olde English word “bryne” meaning “fire, flame” – and “tun” which is Olde English for “farm, homestead, town”. Brenton therefore means “fire town”. When surnames were developed in Britain in the later Middle Ages, people were assigned last names derived from either their father’s name (Jackson), their occupation or trade (Mason), a nickname (Corbin) or the town from which they hailed (Brenton). The first recorded spelling of this surname appeared in the late 13th century and was rendered as “de Brinton”. Due to the high rate of illiteracy in medieval England, coupled by the radically different dialects spoken from region to region, the sounds and spellings of names evolved significantly over time. As a given name, Brenton fits the trend that favors last names as first names. Brent is an obvious nickname.

All About the Baby Name – Brenton

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME BRENTON

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME BRENTON

Brenton made his first appearance on America’s Top 1000 list in 1966. Pretty quickly the name reached low-moderate but respectable usage (R&B musician Brenton Wood brought more familiarity to his name in the later 1960s). However, it wasn’t until 1984 when the name saw a significant jump in popularity (almost 300 positions on the charts in one year). The reason? Back in 1984, HBO aired a very popular and widely watched Australian melodrama called “All the Rivers Run” which featured a handsome paddle boat captain named Brenton Edwards. You can see on the charts below what an impact the character had on his audience in 1984. Directly thereafter, Brenton’s popularity quickly diminished. The name even fell off the Top 1000 list in 2010 and then returned in 2011. In other words, Brenton’s “flame” is petering out.

Quick Facts

ON BRENTON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

988

PRONUNCIATION:

BREN-tən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Fire town

Characteristics

OF BRENTON

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Brenton

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRENTON

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

Popular Songs

ON BRENTON

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Famous People

NAMED BRENTON

Brenton Rickard (Australian swimmer)
Brenton Brown (Christian songwriter and church leader)
Brenton Wood (singer)
Brenton Thwaites (Australian actor)
Brenton G. Yorgason (LDS writer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRENTON

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Brenton

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRENTON

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Brenton