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Bruce

a Norman surname, but etymology from Brix (place in La Manche, Normandy) is now considered doubtful ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]. Its earliest appearance in Britain is in the person of Robert de Bruis, a baron listed in the Domesday Book. His son, a friend of David I, king of Scotland, was granted by him in 1124 the lordship of Annandale, and David's son, Robert, founded the Scottish House of Bruce. As a given name for U.S. males, most popular for boys born c. 1946-1954.

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Definitions of Bruce from WordNet

Bruce (n.)
Australian physician and bacteriologist who described the bacterium that causes undulant fever or brucellosis (1855-1931);
Synonyms: David Bruce / Sir David Bruce
Bruce (n.)
king of Scotland from 1306 to 1329; defeated the English army under Edward II at Bannockburn and gained recognition of Scottish independence (1274-1329);
Synonyms: Robert the Bruce / Robert I
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