Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Bryn

Bryn is a newly coined name. It’s Welsh and means “hill, mound” perhaps inspired by a place name in Wales, Brynmor, meaning “great hill”. Brynn was introduced to the American female charts in the 1980s but really took off in the early 21st century and so the shorter, truer form of Bryn followed only recently. Brynn has managed to achieve Top 200 status in the United States but Bryn with one “n” is much less popular. Both are pretty sounding one-syllable names with Welsh-looking spellings (similar to Lynn, Rhys, etc). A lot of people might consider Bryn a female form of Brian, but Briana is considered Brian’s girly counterpart. Bryn is definitely Welsh with a somewhat random etymology (i.e., hill, mound) but it also gives one the sense of achievement. Consider various places and colleges named Bryn Mawr (Welsh for “big hill”) in the United States influenced by the Welsh name. And even though Bryn is quite modern in terms of usage, it still has an old-school Celtic flavor. Incidentally, although Bryn is used as a girl’s name in the United States, elsewhere it’s generally considered masculine.

All About the Baby Name – Bryn

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME BRYN

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME BRYN

Bryn has been struggling on the charts compared to Brynn with two “n”s. Although now that Brynn is gaining wider acceptance and usage across the country, we expect Bryn to stick to the charts a little better going forward. As mentioned earlier Bryn is technically considered masculine in the Welsh culture; although the name does sound dainty and feminine. We’re not surprised American parents have adopted it for their baby girls. The Bryn spelling is truest to form, but the double-N Brynn does give her an extra feminine quality. Bryn is definitely an understated beauty – pretty, soft and one-syllable. Many American parents have extended the name to Brynlee, but the simple Bryn is so much more sophisticated and elegant. If you’re celebrating your Welsh heritage than we would recommend the more simplistic Bryn; but if you’re one of those American parents who like to embellish names beyond their traditional spellings than the Brynn, Brynlee or Brinley versions might be a better option for you.

Quick Facts

ON BRYN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

798

PRONUNCIATION:

BRIN

SIMPLE MEANING:

Hill, mound

Characteristics

OF BRYN

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Bryn

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRYN

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

Popular Songs

ON BRYN

Bryn
a song by Vampire Weekend

Famous People

NAMED BRYN

Bryn Terfel (Welsh opera singer)
Bryn Smith (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRYN

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRYN

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