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Origin, Meaning, And History of Warren

Warren is an everyday masculine English given name and an Irish surname derived from “de Warenne,” a Norman family. It also refers to a hamlet, Varenne, along the river with the same name near Arques-la-Bataille in Normandy, France. Interestingly, the name of the river Varenne derives from the Old Celtic Ver-/Var-, meaning water, and Warinna, implying ‘to defend’ or ‘to protect.’

In Old and Middle English, Warren refers to ‘guard’ or ‘watchman,’ ‘one who protects’ and ‘is loyal’ in German, and a ‘protecting friend’ in American culture.

Warren has several connotations of calmness and tranquility when referring to the Varenne river. Similarly, the association with the Norman family has invigorated a nature of being grounded, humble, and has rich historical significance due to William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey.

Many noble families migrated to the US in ships to escape England in the 17th century from religious and political persecution. Among them, the most notable person to arrive was Richard Warren, a merchant whose famous descendant today is Richard Gere, an American actor.

There are not many variations for Warren, except for the alternate spellings that one may use, such as Warron, Warrin, Warrene, and Warryn. If you wish to call your little prince by the nickname of Warren, Ware and Wren are among the trendy choices.

In popular culture, Warren has been quite famous among writers as a first name and a surname. For instance, the X-Men Franchise has a character named Warren Kenneth Worthington III, also referred to as Angel, one of the founding members of the X-men in the comics.

The British sitcom Warren has the titular protagonist by the name of Warren Thompson, who thinks the world is against him. And the horror movie, The Conjuring, features the paranormal investigations conducted by Ed and Lorraine Warren as primary characters.


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Famous People With The Name Warren

  • Arthur Frank WarrenAmerican professional baseball pitcher with the surname Warren, representing New York Yankees
  • Henry Warren BeattyAmerican actor and filmmaker, nominated for 15 Academy Awards
  • Warren Edward BuffettAmerican business magnate and one of the most booming investors in the world and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
  • Warren Earl BurgerAmerican jurist and attorney who served as the 15th chief justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986
  • Warren Thomas FarrellAmerican political scientist who served on the New York City Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Warren Gamaliel Harding29th president of the United States representing the Republican Party
  • Warren William KrechAmerican actor nicknamed “King of Pre-Code”
  • Warren Jay TerhuneAmerican navy commander who had received the Order of the Bust of Bolivar from Venezuela

Warren On The Popularity Chart

Over the years, the popularity of Warren in the US has increased consistently. Let’s look at the graph below for detailed insight.

Popularity Over Time

Despite a slight decrease in the popularity of Warren, the first peak was observed in 1989 when 786 babies per million were named. The latest peak was in 2018 with 995 babies per million.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name ranked the highest in 1983 at 12,324th and has been decreasing with slight fluctuations since then. Check the graph to know more.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Warren

If you liked how Warren gives a royal vibe while pronouncing but still want a name that may have more uniqueness, check out the names below.

Names With Similar Meaning As Warren

Felt the protection and nobility of representing a royal family by being called Warren but looking for a simpler name? Check the names below.

Name Numerology For Warren

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