What does Brad mean?
Brad /brad/ [1 syll.] 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.
Brad▼ has 1 variant: Bradd.more]
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Brad for boys. Brad was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #127 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent variation forms of Brad are Bradford, Bradley (#184 the previous year), Bradly and Lee (#701). Variants like Bradlea are seldom used. Usage of these boy names reached its peak during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.7286%) and has become much less since (usage 0.223%, 69.4% less), with the versions Brad, Bradford, Bradly and Lee becoming less fashionable. Bradley (#184) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name here, with this name going through a rekindling in popularity. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Brad and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Brad▼ is pronounced similarly to Breed and Brod. Other recommended similar baby names are Bard, Bird, Bradey, Bradie, Brady▲, Brae, Braedy, Braidy, Bram, Bran, Brand, Bray, Bret▼, Brit, Brody▲ and Byrd▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brad.