Meaning and name origin
Vernon \v(e)-rnon, ver-non\ as a boy's name is pronounced VER-non. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Vernon is "alder grove". Place name and aristocratic surname brought to England at the time of the Norman conquest, and used as an English given name in the 19th century. Vern and Verne are related English/French surnames frequently used as short forms of Vernon or Lavern. Statesman Vernon Jordan.
For more information, see also the related boy name Verlyn.
There is 1 feminine form of Vernon: Verna.
Vernon is a very popular first name for males (#185 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1905 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Vernon for boys. Vernon reached its highest rank of #68 in the U.S. in 1920-1929 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Vernon and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Vernon, Verne, Vern and Lavern. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).