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What does Brad mean?

Brad Pronunciation of Brad [brad] as a boys' name is pronounced brad. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Brad is "broad, wide". Also used as a short form of Bradford and Bradley. Actors Brad Pitt, Brad Renfro.

Associated with: old english.


Brad has 1 variant: Bradd.

5 more relations via Bradford, Bradley: Bradlea, Bradlee, Bradlie, Bradly and Bradney.

Creative forms:
(male) Barad, Burad, ..

(female) Brany, ..

Middle name pairings:
Brad Gracen (B.G.), ..

How popular is Brad?

Brad is a very popular first name for men (#219 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#56120 out of 150436, Top 37%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Brad reached its apex rank of #123 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #1743 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brad name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Brad outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Brad (#1743 the previous year) are Bradd, Bradford, Bradlee (#1944 the previous year), Bradley (#173) and Bradly. Other variants, like Bradlea, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Brad was well-received among parents 5 decades ago (median #847) and has become much less since (#1643, 75.1% less usage), with versions like Bradford becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Brad, Bradd, Bradford, Bradlee, Bradley, Bradly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bradley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Brad is pronounced similarly to Breed and Brod. Other recommended names are Amad, Arpad, Arvad, Asad, Bald, Ban, Bar, Barak, Baram, Bard, Bat, Bax, Bay, Baz, Beal, Bear, Beau, Bid, Bird, Blade, Boas, Boaz, Boid, Bond, Boyd, Bradey, Bradie, Bradin, Bradon, Brady, Brae, Braedy, Braidy, Brain, Bram, Bramm, Bran, Brand, Brando, Brandt, Brann, Brant, Bravo, Bray, Bren, Bret, Brian, Brik, Brit, Brody, Brok, Bron, Bryan, Brye, Bryn, Bud, Byram, Byran, Byrd, Chad, Fuad, Gad, Imad, Jerad, Lad, Mead, Ohad, Rad, Read, Saad, Tad, Thad and Vlad. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brad.

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