Infographic of Bruce name meaning, which is “The man from the brushwood,” ultimately from the Latin bruscia, brush wood. The name was popularized in Scotland in honor of Robert Bruce who won independence for his country in the 14th century.
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Bruce Name Popularity

How popular is the name Bruce? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 265 45 0.0128%
1911 200 109 0.0293%
1912 182 286 0.0567%
1913 178 343 0.0605%
1914 169 496 0.0712%
1915 172 640 0.0704%
1916 159 733 0.0759%
1917 156 790 0.079%
1918 146 970 0.0904%
1919 150 859 0.082%
1920 149 972 0.0874%
1921 146 1,044 0.0912%
1922 141 1,092 0.098%
1923 135 1,204 0.1075%
1924 132 1,303 0.1122%
1925 130 1,349 0.1194%
1926 127 1,398 0.1271%
1927 123 1,441 0.1302%
1928 112 1,618 0.1512%
1929 111 1,613 0.1557%
1930 109 1,695 0.1623%
1931 101 1,778 0.1801%
1932 98 1,928 0.1951%
1933 92 2,022 0.217%
1934 78 2,390 0.2472%
1935 77 2,436 0.2507%
1936 74 2,616 0.2716%
1937 69 2,797 0.2838%
1938 66 3,122 0.305%
1939 64 3,225 0.317%
1940 55 3,782 0.3558%
1941 51 4,287 0.3809%
1942 50 5,377 0.4258%
1943 51 5,428 0.4158%
1944 51 5,261 0.4245%
1945 48 5,608 0.4598%
1946 32 8,457 0.5731%
1947 29 10,526 0.6306%
1948 28 11,064 0.6931%
1949 26 12,266 0.7625%
1950 26 12,677 0.7873%
1951 26 14,083 0.8306%
1952 25 14,491 0.8302%
1953 28 14,032 0.7928%
1954 30 14,140 0.7735%
1955 32 14,081 0.7655%
1956 32 14,659 0.7761%
1957 34 13,876 0.7211%
1958 36 12,456 0.6591%
1959 38 11,907 0.6267%
1960 39 10,951 0.578%
1961 40 10,712 0.5674%
1962 41 10,040 0.5469%
1963 43 9,286 0.5173%
1964 46 7,896 0.4486%
1965 50 6,325 0.3868%
1966 53 5,842 0.3742%
1967 55 5,070 0.3341%
1968 61 4,488 0.2989%
1969 71 4,045 0.2626%
1970 94 3,483 0.2189%
1971 108 2,968 0.1975%
1972 121 2,312 0.1697%
1973 134 1,902 0.1467%
1974 136 1,845 0.142%
1975 139 1,783 0.1388%
1976 147 1,681 0.1304%
1977 148 1,683 0.1249%
1978 151 1,694 0.126%
1979 152 1,703 0.1208%
1980 157 1,641 0.1122%
1981 162 1,623 0.1104%
1982 169 1,574 0.1053%
1983 177 1,426 0.0966%
1984 175 1,451 0.0975%
1985 182 1,394 0.0918%
1986 188 1,327 0.0879%
1987 198 1,288 0.0844%
1988 205 1,261 0.0809%
1989 222 1,197 0.0742%
1990 239 1,151 0.0694%
1991 264 1,001 0.0614%
1992 291 889 0.0557%
1993 320 788 0.0505%
1994 328 722 0.047%
1995 359 633 0.042%
1996 365 620 0.0414%
1997 380 596 0.0403%
1998 382 617 0.0412%
1999 407 552 0.0369%
2000 430 525 0.0344%
2001 420 549 0.0364%
2002 480 444 0.0296%
2003 482 477 0.0314%
2004 472 498 0.0327%
2005 490 466 0.0305%
2006 487 500 0.0319%
2007 437 609 0.0386%
2008 481 540 0.0349%
2009 466 548 0.0367%
2010 536 433 0.03%
2011 467 533 0.0374%
2012 420 629 0.0441%
2013 415 667 0.0468%
2014 394 749 0.0514%
2015 399 733 0.0504%
2016 429 674 0.0467%
2017 422 688 0.0493%
2018 476 560 0.0408%
2019 465 579 0.0428%
2020 501 529 0.0416%

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Data via SSA.gov.


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What names are variants of Bruce?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Bruce.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Brucey

French

Brucie

French


What names sound like Bruce?

If you like how Bruce sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Bruce.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Brice

Dotted

Welsh

Bryce

Speckled

English


What names are similar to Bruce?

Find a name that’s like Bruce, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Brewster

Brewer

English

Robert

Bright fame

German


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Siblings of Bruce

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elena

Shining light

Greek

Cal

A diminutive form of Calvin.

English

3 Comments

  1. We named our son after the Bruce Peninsula, where my husband’s family has had property going back generations. It was where he spent the idealic days of his childhood, the halcyon days of new love when we were dating, and continues to be a special place of holiday respite for our family :).

  2. Both my father and the father of my oldest son are both named Bruce. It’s a strong, masculine name that you don’t hear as often.

  3. We chose the name Bruce because my family’s heritage traces back to the Scottish King Robert the Bruce. And the name Bruce means, from Normandy, and our Grandfather’s name was Norman. It’s a classic name and our boy is still a toddler but will someday grow to be tall and strong like his Father! We call him, “Brucey“, “Brewster“, and “Buddy“, for nicknames.


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