First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bruin

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  1. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Bruin means "Bear; brown".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun bru"in
A bear; -- so called in popular tales and fables.

Etymology: D. bruin brown. In the epic poem of “Reynard the Fox” the bear is so called from his color. See Brown (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large ferocious bear of Eurasia
  2. A conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'

From Middle Dutch bruin (“brown”) via William Caxton's 1485 translation of a Dutch version of the legend of Reynard the Fox. Bruin is the bear, named for his brown color.

  1. A folk name for a bear, especially the brown bear, Ursus arctos.

bruin was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, and Papiamentu

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bruin

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bruin

Will Bruin

Will Bruin is a soccer player for the Houston Dynamo, Indiana Hoosiers men's soccer, and United States men's national soccer team. Will was born on October 24th, 1989 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

Erik de Bruin

Erik was born on May 25th, 1963 in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands.

Leana de Bruin

Leana was born on July 9th, 1977 in Bethlehem, Free State.

Swys de Bruin

Swys was born on February 18th, 1960 in Ficksburg.

Christiaan de Bruin

Christiaan de Bruin is a rugby player. Christiaan was born on January 20th, 1993 in Centurion, Gauteng.

Luan de Bruin

Luan de Bruin is a rugby player. Luan was born on February 13th, 1993 in Pretoria, South Africa.

  • Hugo de Bruin
  • Jan Bruin
    Soccer Player
  • Petra de Bruin
  • Liesbeth Vosmaer-de Bruin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bruin U.S.
  White 84.87% 64.26%
  African American 13.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bruin

People with the last name Bruin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bruin

  • How Popular is the name Bruin? Bruin is the 20,604th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bruin was the 38,484th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bruin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 353 babies born with the first name Bruin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bruin to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bruin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bruin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bruin is Sunday, May 24th, 1896.
  • What year had the most people named Bruin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bruin was in 2019 with a total of 57 babies.
  • Random Bruin Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bruin is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Bruin: The name spelled backwards is Niurb. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Urbin. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bruin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 575 people with the last name Bruin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bruin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bruin as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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