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What does Brad mean?

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.

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

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

(female) Bradda, Bradja, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Brad for boys. Brad reached its apex rank of #123 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #1911 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent variation forms of Brad (#1911 the previous year) are Bradd, Bradford (#1898 the previous year), Bradlee (#1814), Bradley (#184) and Bradly. Other variants, like Bradlea, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Brad was well-received among parents 4 decades ago (median #847) and has become much less since (#1634, 75.2% 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, Jarad, Jerad, Mead, Ohad, Rad, Read, Saad, Tad, Thad and Vlad. These names tend to be less commonly used than Brad.