Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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).

All About the Baby 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. 

Popularity

OF THE BOY 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.

Quick Facts

ON BRANDON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

70

PRONUNCIATION:

BRAN-dən

SIMPLE MEANING:

King

Characteristics

OF BRANDON

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Brandon

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME BRANDON

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Brandon

Popular Songs

ON BRANDON

Brandon
a song by Motley Crue

Famous People

NAMED BRANDON

We cannot find any popular celebrities or famous people with the first name Brandon.
We cannot find any popular celebrities or famous people with the first name Brandon.
Brandon Lee (martial artist/actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED BRANDON

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Brandon

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BRANDON

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