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Brendan of Clonfert (c. AD 484 – c. 577) Brénainn moccu Alti or Brénainn maccu Alti (Irish: Naomh Bréanainn or Naomh Breandán; Latin: Brendanus; Icelandic: (heilagur) Brandanus), also referred to as "Brendán moccu Altae" (Brendan of the Fosterling Folk), called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", "the Anchorite", and "the Bold", is one of the early Irish monastic saints and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Brendan has received more than 744,087 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Brendan is the 754th most popular religious figure (down from 719th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 36th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Religious Figure.

Brendan is most famous for being the first European to set foot in North America.

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  • 70.17

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  • 40

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  • 4.70

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  • 4.04

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Brendan ranks 754 out of 2,272Before him are Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, Louise de Marillac, Abd Manaf ibn Qusai, Columba, Guru Gobind Singh, and Jean-Louis Tauran. After him are Anthony de Mello, Raymond of Penyafort, La Voisin, Philipp Spener, Charles Spurgeon, and Romano Guardini.

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Among people born in 484, Brendan ranks 1 Among people deceased in 578, Brendan ranks 4Before him are Abd al-Muttalib, Justin II, and John Malalas. After him are Jacob Baradaeus and Wuffa of East Anglia.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Brendan ranks 43 out of 460Before him are George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), Harald Gille (1103), John Tyndall (1820), Rory Gallagher (1948), John Field (1782), and Columba (521). After him are Bob Geldof (1951), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), William C. Campbell (1930), Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Saint Gall (550), and Ernest Walton (1903).


Among religious figures born in Ireland, Brendan ranks 3Before him are Columbanus (540) and Columba (521). After him are Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Brigid of Kildare (451), Kevin Farrell (1947), Saint Kilian (640), Kevin of Glendalough (498), Dymphna (700), Coloman of Stockerau (1000), Aidan of Lindisfarne (600), and Adomnán (624).