What does Vernon mean?
Vernon \v(e)-rnon, ver-non\ as a boys' 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.
Vernon has 1 feminine form: Verna.
Vernon is a very popular first name for males (#185 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1911 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Vernon for boys. Vernon reached its peak position of #68 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Vernon and related names. Popular alternative forms of Vernon appearing in the Top 1000 are Lavern, Vern and Verne. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.6093%) and have become much less popular since, with the versions Lavern, Vern, Verne and Vernon becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)