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Quick Facts on Brandon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 70
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Brandon

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Brandon

Brandon is generally considered an Irish name, from the Old Irish Bréanainn which apparently was ultimately derived from an ancient Welsh (Celtic/Brythonic) word “brenhin” said to mean “king” or “prince”. The name has since been anglicized to either BRAN-den or BREN-den. There are several Irish saints bearing this name but none so famous as Bréanainn of Clonfert, also known as Brendan the Navigator, who is considered one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Tradition holds that Bréanainn was born in the late 5th century in present-day County Kerry (near Tralee). The Diocese of Kerry (of which Brendon is the patron saint) claims that “he was originally to be called Mobhí but signs and portents attending his birth and baptism by Bishop Erc led him to be baptized Broen-finn or 'fair-drop'”. The child was raised by the most prominent of Christian tutors and eventually became a monk, establishing monastery after monastery on his voyages around Ireland. Finally, a vision led him, accompanied by 14 monks, on a seven-year seafaring quest to find Paradise (i.e., the Isle of the Blessed). Several documents written in both Irish and Latin survive to tell St. Brendon the Navigator’s fantastical tale (the first appearing in the 9th century, three hundred years after the purported events took place). The journey became legendary throughout medieval Europe and Brendon enjoyed a cult following for centuries after his death. While largely considered a religious allegory, there are several scholars who believe the events described actually took place and that St. Brendan the Navigator was the very first European to cross the Atlantic and reach North America (about 400 years before Erik the Red landed on Greenland, 450 years before Leif Ericsson landed on Canada, and nearly 1,000 years before Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of America). If true, that would be quite a feather in the Irish cap. Aside from Brandon’s connection to the Old Irish Bréanainn (St. Brendan), the name is also considered the transferred use of an English surname, from the Old Anglo-Saxon elements “brōm” (broom or spiny bush) and “dūn” (hill).

Popularity of the Name Brandon

Brandon barely carved a spot out for himself on the American male naming charts 1950 (he came in at position #936 out of 1000). The name fairly quickly found an audience, however, because by the 1970s, Brandon was a Top 100 favorite. The name peaked in popularity during the 1990s (1992-1998) when he managed to achieve a spot on the coveted Top 10 list. The early mid-1990s was the high point for the name, perhaps influenced by the popular character Brandon Walsh on the original teen drama series “Beverley Hills 90210” which aired from 1990 to 2000. Today, however, the “king” has left his throne and is now off America’s Top 50 (although still going strong). Masculine names starting with “Br-“ are quite popular overall: Brandon, Brayden, Brady, Brendon, Branson, Brenton, Bronson and Braylon just to name a few. We expect to see more original “B” names like Beckett and Byron supplant the vogue of Brandon, et al.
Popularity of the Boy Name Brandon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Brandon

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Brandon

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Brandon

    Brandon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Brandon.

  • Popular Songs on Brandon

    Popular Songs on Brandon

    Brandon - a song by Motley Crue

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Brandon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Brandon

    Brandon and the Bipolar Bear (Tracy Anglada) - A Story for Children with Bipolar Disorder. Brandon and the Bipolar Bear is the winner of the 2011 Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Special-Needs Children's Book. By reading the pages of this beloved book, children and adults alike receive a rare glimpse into the private feelings and fears of a bipolar child. Children with bipolar disorder frequently are able to identify with Brandon's moods as he cycles between depression and mania. When symptoms differ from those of the character, reading the book still opens dialogue about the illness. The book provides comfort as Brandon learns that he is not the only one who struggles with this inner turmoil. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Brandon and the Red Backpack (Richard Stephens) - Join Brandon, his sister Squeak, and their best friend Rolly as they search for the new bird feeder at the edge of the woods. But make sure you keep a good look out for Big-Flo the Hawk. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Racing the Sun (Paul Pitts) - Being an American Indian wasn't something twelve-year-old Brandon Rogers liked to advertise. His father had left his Indian heritage behind when he went to college and Brandon had grown up in suburbia like a regular kid. Who needed embarrassing mumbo-jumbo to make you look different? But then Brandon's Navajo grandfather moved off the reservation and into the lower bunk in Brandon's room! It wasn't easy having a roommate who chanted himself to sleep and got you out of bed before sunrise to race the sun. But now Brandon's learning lessons he'll never forget. Like how to take on the old ways without giving up the new. And how to grow up proud and strong, with a heritage as real as an old man's love. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Brandon

    Famous People Named Brandon

    Famous People Named Brandon - Brandon Lee (martial artist/actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Brandon

    Children of Famous People Named Brandon

    Famous People who Named their Son Brandon - Bruce Jenner (Olympic runner); Bruce Lee (martial arts/actor); Donny Osmond (entertainer); Erik Estrada (actor); Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (musician); Marie Osmond (entertainer); Marlee Matlin (actress); Pamela Anderson (actress/model); Tracy Austin (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Brandon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Brandon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Brandon.

Personality of the Boy Name Brandon

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Brandon

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