[Ir. dim. of brecc, freckled, speckled].
A common name in early Ireland, borne by at least thirteen saints. The best-known Breccan in legend is a secular one, the Irish trader lost off the coast of Scotland and drowned in the whirlpool Corrievreckan whose name commemorates his death; Corrievreckan is between the islands of Jura and Scarba in the Inner Hebrides, Strathclyde, formerly Argyllshire.