What does Brandon mean?
Brandon \b-ran-don, br(a)-ndon\ as a boys' name is pronounced BRAN-den. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Brandon is "broom, gorse hill". Refers to the plant. Transferred use of the surname and place name. In some cases, a variant of the less popular Brendan. TV executive Brandon Tartikoff.
For more information, see also the related boy name Brenton.
Brandon has 1 feminine form: Brandy.
Brandon is a very prominent first name for men (#68 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1260 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Brandon for boys. Brandon was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #6 in the U.S. in the year 1994, and is at #71 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Brandon and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Brandon (#71 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Brandan, Branden, Brandyn, Brannon, Brendan (#351 in 2014), Brenden (#711), Brendon, Brennan (#386), Brennen, Brennon and Brenton. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread in the year 1998 (usage of 0.5151%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2068%, down 59.9%), with forms such as Branden, Brenden, Brendon, Brennen and Brenton becoming somewhat outmoded. Brandon (#71), Brendan (#351) and Brennan (#386) are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here. (2014 Birth Statistics)