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 on this name, 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 (#1905 out of 88799, Top 2%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Vernon and related names. Popular alternative forms of Vernon are Lavern, Vern and Verne. This boy name reached the top of its popularity during 1910-1919 and has become much less popular since, with the versions Lavern, Vern, Verne and Vernon becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)