Its source is a Latin expression meaning "One from Brittany (in Northern France)."
The name Bret ranked 811th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 507th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Brittany did not appear on English name lists until the 18th century. It was probably created from the Latin name for the personification of Great Britian seen on coins and monuments and celebrated in the nationalistic anthem ''Rule Britannia.''
Two of Bridget's nicknames, Britt and Britta, might have been additional influences on the formation of this name.