Graham: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Graham

Graham

Pronunciation: GRAM, GRAY-əm (key)

Origin of the name Graham:

Transferred use of the surname originating from the place-name Grantham in Lincolnshire. The first element is uncertain, but the second is from the Old English ham (home, dwelling, manor). Var: Graeme, Ghramm, Grahame, Greame.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Graham: | Edit

We named our son Graham. He's now two and we're expecting another, so we're trying to figure out the next name. We chose Graham because it was both sophisticated and uncommon, but not obscure. I have a similar name, and have always loved it. Unfortunately, many of our favorite "Graham Like" names such as Cooper and Evan have become too popular for our tastes. I think we've only met one other Graham since he was born.

We named our six-month-old Graham for many of the same reasons as the commenter above. (Evan was also on the short list but it was becoming too popular for our liking.) While it could be spelled Graeme most people spell it Graham without prompting. It was important to me to choose a name that at least 80% of the general public would spell correctly, unlike names where two (or more) spellings are equally as popular.

Ditto for our 2 1/2 year old Graham. Uncommon but not unfamiliar, as are both my husband's and my own names. Grant was also considered but harder to say in combination with our last name. It is funny Evan was on our list too. Particularly for baby number two, because we would like an E name this time to honor both grandmothers' names. But we know it is a girl so we are at a loss...

We were expecting twin boys and wanted to honor my husband's Scottish heritage and my Norwegian heritage. We immediately loved the name Graham for all the reason's stated above, and it also happens to be my husband's family Scottish clan name. The tricky part was finding a name that paired well with Graham. We decided on Lachlan (pronounced "lock-lun") because it's the Scottish name for people from Norway. It also has the cute nickname "Lachie." And when he's older, he can go by Lach. Though it's uncommon here, it's the third most popular name in Australia. Together, Grammie and Lachie fit their names perfectly.

Graham is one of those names that is percieved completely differently in the US than it is in the UK. In the UK Graham is a name that would definately not be seen as a name you would give to a young child nowadays. Instead Grahams would most likely be between 25 and 50. It would be associated with names such as Gary, Kevin, Colin, Craig, Keith or Paul etc. If I had to describe a Graham I would imagine someone officey with glasses.
I have also never heard it pronounced anyway but GRAY-um

We named our DAUGHTER Graeme. Oddly enough, like writer above, Lachlan was our first choice for a boy! We also have Scottish and Scandinavian heritage.

Personal experiences with the name Graham: | Edit

My son's name is Gram. Unusually spelled, but well liked. He fits his name to a tee!

I have a 20ish year old brother named Graham. Growing up, it remained a really unique name. He learned to live with all the "Graham Cracker" jokes.

Nicknames for Graham: | Edit

Gray, Grammy, Gray Gray

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Famous real-life people named Graham: | Edit

Graham Coxon, guitarist with Blur
Graham Greene (British writer)
Graham Nash, singer with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Hollies
Graham Parker, British rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter
Graham Chapman, member of the Monty Python comedy troupe
Graham Swift, contemporary British novelist
Kenneth Grahame, author of children's classic "The Wind in the Willows"
Bill Graham, concert promoter
Graham Rahal, race car driver (IndyCar) & son of Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal.
Graham Norton, Irish actor, comedian and television presenter
Alexander Graham Bell
Billy Graham, well-known evangelist

Graham in song, story & screen: | Edit

John "Graham" Bretton, character in Charlotte Bronte's novel Villette
Graham was the name of the main male character in the movie "The Holiday" played by Jude Law.
Graham Dalton, One of four orphans in Japanese comic "Hamidasikko".
Graham Hess, main character in the 2002 movie "Signs"

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