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Breccan is an Irish name that was the name of a saint from the Isle of Aran, and the name has made appearances in old myths. Many have opted to spell it Breckin and other various ways, but Breccan remains the most handsome and less trendy. The name means "freckled" or "speckled." The original spelling, as close as it can get, is like Breacain/Breacan, and would be pronounced BREK-awn instead of BREK-an, but the latter is accepted in the US.

Breccan was a popular medieval first name, however, there were no baby boys with this spelling born in 2010. There were 5 named Brec, 71 Breck, 11 Breckan, 189 Brecken, 76 Breckin, 8 Breckon, 16 Breckyn, 9 Brek, 13 Breken, 6 Brekin, 20 Brekken, 6 Brekkin, and 5 Brekyn. In 2011 there were 7 boys named Breccan, 7 Breckyn, and 7 Breckan.


  1. I know the name Bryce means speckled as well and kind of like it a little bit more. I agree with you though about preferring the Breccan spelling, although most would likely prefer Breckin since that's how it would most likely be spelt by those unfamiliar with the name.

  2. Breckinridge is a town in CO and county in KY so I think Breckin would be my preferred spelling. Breccan reminds me of Wiccan.

  3. I like its history, but Breccán/Brecken sounds like a mix of “Kraken” and “broken” to me — just not pleasant.

    The old Welsh name Brychan carries the same meaning: “little freckled/speckled one.”


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