Brandon: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Brandon
Origin of the name Brandon:
Variant form of Branton, a surname that originated from English place-names composed of the Old English elements brom (broom, brushwood) and dun (hill): hence, "dweller near the brushwood hill." Alternatively, Brandon is a variant form of Brendan, an Anglicized form of the Irish Breandán (prince).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Brandon: | Edit
I know a little Brandon who is very smart, personable and athletic. So I certainly have a good association with the name.
From reading all the other stories on this page, I guess Brandons are just naturally cool, intelligent, and funny. I knew a Brandon and he fit all of those exactly.
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My son Brandon was born in 1995. there were 4 Brandons in his kindergarten class..we have an unusual last name and wanted him to have a "normal" first name. His middle name is "Lee" after my husbands best friend, but i have learned this is a common pairing. He is a smart and outgoing kid and actually loves his name, as much as I wanted a Logan or Angus (yes we considered both) im pleased with my choice and he is a "Brandon" ie popular and intelligent
A friend of mine told how years ago he was really embarrassed; a co-worker & his wife had a baby boy, and when they brought the baby in to show him off at the workplace, my friend told them "Well, I hope you didn't give him one of those yuppie names like Brandon!" The room was dead silence. He asked them "Well, what IS the baby's name?" and they said "Brandon." He was really embarrassed and had to apologize to them. Although he laughs about it today, and to hear him tell it, it's pretty funny!
All the Brandons I know were born to unwed mothers. I don't know a single Brandon whose parents are married!
- Nicknames for Brandon: | Edit
Brandy, Brando, Randy, Rand, Bran, Don, Donny, Branny, Banny, Boom
- Meanings and history of the name Brandon: | Edit
Brandon in the Irish language means....
* Little Raven
- Famous real-life people named Brandon: | Edit
Brandon Lee, Chinese-American actor. Son of Bruce Lee.
Brandon Cruz, child actor and punk rocker, who starred in the 1970s series "The Courtship of Eddie's Father".
Brandon "Bam" Margera, pro skater and TV personality.
Brandon Boyd, lead singer of band Incubus.
Brandon Flowers, lead singer of band The Killers.
Brandon Calvillo, famous from the popular app, Vine.
Brandon Pettigrew, American football tight end for the Detroit Lions.
Brandon Teena, transgender 21-year-old whose murder was the basis for the movie "Boys Don't Cry" and led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.
Brandon "The Beast" Marshall, American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins.
Brandon Stanton, photographer of Humans of New York
- Brandon in song, story & screen: | Edit
Captain Brandon Birmingham, hero of Kathleen Woodiwiss' seminal romance novel "The Flame and the Flower" (1972). The book was a best-seller and a strong influence on the rise in popularity of the name Brandon in the 1970s and 1980s.
Brandon Walsh, lead character played by Jason Priestley on the TV series "Beverly Hills 90210".
Colonel Brandon from Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility".
Brandon "the Wonder Dog," Punky Brewster's dog on the eponymous '80s children's sitcom.
Brandon Teena/Teena Brandon, transgender character played by Hilary Swank on Boys Don't Cry.
Brandon (Bran) Stark - A character who is smart, has visions and is a Warg on Game of Thrones.
Brandon named male doll, Groovy Girls