Boy Names baby nameBrandon

What does the name Brandon mean?

The different meanings of the name Brandon are:
  • American meaning: Beacon hill
  • English meaning: A raven
The meaning of the name “Brandon” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Brandon is a masculine name derived from the English surname Brandon, which in turn came from two elements of the Old English Language – brōm, meaning ‘broom’, and dūn, meaning ‘hill’, giving it the meaning ‘a hill covered in broom’. Similar names to Brandon are Branden and Brendan, and Brandon can also be spelled as Brandan, Brandyn, or Branton. The feminine name Brandy is assumed to be a feminine form of Brandon, along with Brandie and Brandi. A commonly used diminutive for Brandon is Bran. Newer names such as Landon and Braden are slowly replacing the name Brandon in popularity. Brandon is commonly misspelled as ‘Bradon’, ‘Brannon’, and ‘Bradnon’.

The name Brandon is a relatively new one in terms of American popularity - it only entered the top thousand names in 1950. Brandon had a spike in popularity during the nineties in the USA, where it was in the top ten names for boys from 1992 to 1998. Since then its popularity has declined, falling to 71st in 2014. In the 1980s, the name Brandon saw a brief interlude of popularity as a feminine name, but it has never reached the top 600 names for girls. Brandon is also seeing a decline in popularity in England and Wales, falling from its height at 34th in 1999 to 211th in 2014.

Famous celebrities with the name Brandon include Brandon Flowers (American musician of ‘The Killers’ fame), Brandon T. Jackson (American actor, rapper, writer and stand-up comedian), and Brandon Lee (American actor, son of Bruce Lee).

Brandon is the name of the second-largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and is the name of several towns throughout the U.S. and U.K.

There are a number of urban legends surrounding the sudden death of actor Brandon Lee, including that he was murdered by the Chinese Mafia, that he was murdered by organised crime units with ties to Hong Kong, and that the scene of his accidental death, while filming the fantasy movie The Crow, was used in the final footage – none of these are true.