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Wren

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11k
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Wren

User Submitted Origins

English
61%
Gaelic
33%
American
6%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Wren means "Little bird".
  2. According to 2 people from the United States and Australia, the name Wren means "Small bird".
  3. 2 people from Canada and Philippines agree the name Wren is of English origin and means "little songbird".
  4. A submission from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Wren means "It's a type of bird" and is of American origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wren
Senses
  1. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidæ.
  2. [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.

Note: ☞ Among the species best known are the house wren (Troglodytes aëdon) common in both Europe and America, and the American winter wren (Troglodytes hiemalis). See also Cactus wren Marsh wren, and Rock wren, under Cactus Marsh, and Rock.

Note: ☞ Among these are several species of European warblers; as, the reed wren (see Reed warbler, under Reed), the sedge wren (see Sedge warbler, under Sedge), the willow wren (see Willow warbler, under Willow), the golden-crested wren, and the ruby-crowned wren (see Kinglet).

Etymology: OE. wrenne, AS. wrenna wrænna, perhaps akin to wrǣne lascivious

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of several small active brown birds of the northern hemisphere with short upright tails; they feed on insects
  2. English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723)
Wiktionary

Originally a nickname from Middle English wrenne (“wren”).

  1. A surname​.
  2. Sir Christopher Wren, English architect
  3. (rare) A male or female given name from English from the noun wren.

From the similarity to WRNS, influenced by wrens (birds).

  1. (Britain, informal) A female member of the Royal Navy (a member of the WRNS)

    Notable Persons Named Wren

    Notable Persons Named Wren

    Wren T. Brown

    Wren T. Brown is an actor. He was most active from 1981 to 1981. Wren was given the name Wren Troy Brown on June 11th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, US. Wren is also known as Wren Brown.

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    Wren Blair

    Wren was born on October 2nd, 1925 in Lindsay, Ontario. He passed away on January 2nd, 2013.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wren

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wren

    Sir Christopher Michael Wren

    Sir Christopher Michael Wren was a scientist in the fields of architecture, physics, astronomy, and mathematics. Christopher was born on October 20th, 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England. He breathed his last breath on February 25th, 1723.

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    Justin Wren

    Justin was born in 1987 in Dallas, Texas, United States.

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    Amy Wren

    Amy Wren is an actress. She was most active from 2005 to present. Amy was born on October 12th, 1989 in Leicestershire.

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    Reni

    Reni is an alternative rock and madchester musician. He plays Drum kit, Percussion instrument, Guitar, Bass guitar, Piano, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1984. Reni was given the name Alan John Wren on April 10th, 1964 in Manchester. Reni is also known as Reni.

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    Clare Wren

    Clare Wren is an actress and actor. Clare was given the name Helen Claire Wren on May 4th, 1962 in New Orleans.

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    Percival Christopher Wren

    Percival Christopher Wren was a writer. Percival was born Percival Christopher Wren on November 1st, 1875 in Deptford. He breathed his last breath on November 22nd, 1941.

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    • Frank Wren
      Baseball Executive
    • Bob Wren
      Hockey Player
    • Lowe Wren
      Football Player
    • Ginger Lerner Wren
    • Walter Wren
    • Thomas Wren

    Common last names for Wren

    • Thomas

    Common first names for Wren

    • James
    • William
    • Mary
    • John
    • Robert
    • Thomas
    • Charles
    • George
    • Dorothy
    • Helen
    • Margaret
    • J
    • Frank
    • Alice
    • Ruth
    • Richard
    • Paul

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wren U.S.
      White 75.97% 64.26%
      African American 18.10% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Wren

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Wren

  1. How Popular is the name Wren? Wren is the 3,270th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wren was the 3,220th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Wren have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,662 babies born with the first name Wren in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wren to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Wren? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Wren first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wren is Saturday, February 20th, 1875.
  5. What year had the most people named Wren born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wren was in 2019 with a total of 738 babies.
  6. Random Wren Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wren ranks 75th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 7 babies in Vermont have the same name in 2019.
  7. Weird things about the name Wren: The name spelled backwards is Nerw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rwen. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Wren? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,211 people with the last name Wren.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wren? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Wren as their last name.
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