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Brett spent many years on the top 100 list in America. It has only been used as a first name for the last century, and prior to this, it was only a surname. Brett recently fell off of the top 1,000 list, making it a less common name in 2023.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Brett:

Brett began as a surname in England for individuals who were from the region of Brittany. These individuals were considered Bretons in the English and Celtic culture. The surname dates back to the Middle Ages, but the first name did not become popular until the mid-twentieth century.

Symbolism of the Name Brett:

Brett means “Breton” as it represents people from Brittany. This is why the Celtic meaning is simply “from Brittany”.

Nicknames for the Name Brett:

If you're considering Brett for a name, you'll want to know the nicknames that go with it. We've taken the hard work out of it for you by compiling a list of your options:

  • Bre
  • Brettski
  • Brettie
  • Bretty
  • Bretti
  • Bretters
  • Ett
  • Etto
  • Brett-o
  • Brettskers
  • Breton
  • Brett Me Go
  • Briton
Baby name Brett

Style of the Name Brett:

Traditional as a surname, modern as a first name

Gender of the Name Brett:

Brett is used for boys and girls, but it is primarily used for boys.

Pronunciation of the Name Brett:


Number of Syllables in the Name Brett:


Emotion Evoked From the Name Brett:

Brett is an informal name that has a country and rugged feel. It is simple but still somewhat strong.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Brett:

  • Bret

Popularity of the Name Brett:

Brett became a top 1,000 option in America in 1946. It was a top 200 option by 1958, becoming a top 100 option in 1969. The name did remain a top 100 option until 1975 and went back to the top 100 list from 1979 to 1992. Brett was last on the top 1,000 names list in 2020 at rank 915, according to the Social Security Administration.

Great Middle Names for Brett and Their Meanings:

  • Ellinore (sun ray)
  • Moira (destiny, fate)
  • Meredith (great ruler, noted ruler)
  • Amity (friendship, harmony)
  • Cedar (type of tree)
  • Thomas Twin)
  • Cole (charcoal, swarth)
  • William (strong-willed ruler)

Famous People with the Name Brett:

  • Brett Favre (NFL player)
  • Brett Dier (actor, “Jane the Virgin”)
  • Brett Dalton (actor, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”)
  • Brett Young (country music singer
  • Brett Somers (comedian)
  • Brett Butler (comedian)
  • Brett Anderson (singer from band The Donnas)
  • Brett Montgomery (character from “Le coeur a ses raisons”)
  • Brett Talbot (character from “Teen Wolf”)
  • Brett Ashley (character from “The Sun Also Rises”)
  • Brett Hazard (character from “North and South”)
  • Brett Eisenberg (character from “Suburban Girl”)
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