Name: Bristol

Origin and Meaning of the Name Bristol

  • Meaning:
    Bridge place, bridged assembly place
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  • Pronunciation:
    (BRISS tul)
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    Itself (Bristol)
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Miscellaneous Info for Bristol

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    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    A surname given to those from the city of Bristol in South West England. Originally, the name comes from the Old Englich elements "brycg" and "stow" and was "Bristow". The "L" sound at the end is more modern and comes from the local dialect and accent. Being a surname, the origin is masculine, although the name rapidly rose to the 666th spot in the SSA's Most Popular Names of 2009 for Girls in the US due to its association with Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Bristol is the name of her daughter.

    Bristol is located 24 miles from Cardiff, Wales. Many American cities also share the name. One of the most well known NASCAR race venues is Bristol Motor Speedway, located in Bristol, Tennessee.

Popularity Rank of Bristol (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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