1. Blanche Kelso,1841–98, U.S. politician: first black to serve a full term as U.S. senator 1875–81.
  2. Sir David,1855–1931, Australian physician.
  3. LennyLeonard Schneider, 1926–66, U.S. comedian.
  4. Robert. Robert I(def 2).
  5. Stanley Melbourne1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne, 1883–1967, Australian statesman: prime minister 1923–29.
  6. a male given name: from a Norman family name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. James . 1730–94, British explorer, who discovered the source of the Blue Nile (1770)
  2. Lenny . 1925–66, US comedian, whose satirical sketches, esp of the sexual attitudes of his contemporaries, brought him prosecutions for obscenity, but are now regarded as full of insight as well as wit
  3. Robert the BruceSee Robert I
  4. Stanley Melbourne, 1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne. 1883–1967, Australian statesman; prime minister, in coalition with Sir Earle Page's Country Party, of Australia (1923–29)


  1. British a jocular name for an Australian man
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Word Origin and History for bruce


a Norman surname, but etymology from Brix (place in La Manche, Normandy) is now considered doubtful ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]. Originated in Britain with 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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bruce in Medicine


[brōōs]Sir David 1855-1931
  1. Australian physician and bacteriologist known for his description (1887) of the bacterium that causes brucellosis.
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