Bruce - boys name

Bruce name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 85%

Bruce name meaning:

The name Bruce is of Scottish origin and has a rich historical background. It is derived from the Gaelic word "brĂșis," which means "brushwood" or "thicket." In ancient Scotland, the dense brushwood served as a natural defense, and the name Bruce was often associated with a warrior or someone strong and brave.

The name Bruce gained prominence through the Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, who successfully led the country in the Wars of Scottish Independence against England in the 14th century. Robert the Bruce's determination and resilience became synonymous with the name, giving it a powerful and courageous connotation.

Over time, the name Bruce has become popular worldwide and is often associated with qualities such as strength, leadership, and bravery. Parents may choose the name Bruce for their son to honor their Scottish heritage or to instill a sense of strength and resilience in their child.

Origin: French


Related names

Bruce , Brucey, Brucie

Other boys names beginning with B


Overall UK ranking: 704 out of 4789

49 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (437)

Historical popularity of Bruce

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