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Brad

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83k
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since 1880
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335
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Brad

"Brad" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the Broad Meadow". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brad
A thin nail, usually small, with a slight projection at the top on one side instead of a head; also, a small wire nail, with a flat circular head; sometimes, a small, tapering, square-bodied finishing nail, with a countersunk head.

Etymology: Cf. OE. brod, Dan. braad prick, sting, brodde ice spur, frost nail, Sw. brodd frost nail, Icel. broddr any pointed piece of iron or stell; akin to AS. brord point, spire of grass, and perh. to E. bristle. See Bristle (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small nail
  2. Fasten with brads
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given names Bradley, Bradly or Bradford, also used as a formal given name.

Notable Persons Named Brad

Brad Pitt is an actor and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Brad was given the name William Bradley Pitt on December 18th, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Brad Garrett is an observational comedy, black comedy, improvisational theatre, insult comedy, and satire comedian. Brad was given the name Brad H. Gerstenfeld on April 14th, 1960 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Brad Dourif is an actor and voice actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Brad was given the name Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18th, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia, United States.

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Brad Paisley is a country music musician. He has been prominent since 1999. Brad was given the name Brad Douglas Paisley on October 28th, 1972.

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Brad Bird is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, and producer. He was most active from 1979 to present. Brad was given the name Phillip Bradley Bird on September 24th, 1957 in Kalispell, Montana, U.S.

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Brad Renfro was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to 2008. Brad was given the name Brad Barron Renfro on July 25th, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. He passed away on January 15th, 2008.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brad

Ion was born on June 24th, 1818. He passed away on December 16th, 1891.

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How popular is the baby name Brad in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 0 5
1887 6 0 6
1914 5 0 5
1917 5 0 5
1918 6 0 6
1920 11 0 11
1925 5 0 5
1926 9 0 9
1928 6 0 6
1930 9 0 9
1931 10 0 10
1932 7 0 7
1933 12 0 12
1934 17 0 17
1935 27 0 27
1936 19 0 19
1937 30 0 30
1938 18 0 18
1939 30 0 30
1940 31 0 31
1941 36 0 36
1942 60 0 60
1943 65 0 65
1944 67 0 67
1945 73 0 73
1946 163 0 163
1947 230 0 230
1948 267 0 267
1949 308 0 308
1950 457 0 457
1951 617 0 617
1952 967 0 967
1953 1,650 0 1,650
1954 1,850 0 1,850
1955 1,881 5 1,876
1956 2,260 0 2,260
1957 2,197 0 2,197
1958 2,261 0 2,261
1959 2,344 0 2,344
1960 2,660 7 2,653
1961 2,508 7 2,501
1962 2,079 0 2,079
1963 2,276 0 2,276
1964 2,288 7 2,281
1965 2,088 0 2,088
1966 1,901 0 1,901
1967 1,777 6 1,771
1968 1,719 6 1,713
1969 2,118 11 2,107
1970 2,340 13 2,327
1971 2,177 11 2,166
1972 1,758 9 1,749
1973 1,892 8 1,884
1974 2,495 13 2,482
1975 2,623 8 2,615 #98 boy name
1976 2,453 16 2,437
1977 2,536 11 2,525
1978 2,124 15 2,109
1979 2,350 16 2,334
1980 2,381 11 2,370
1981 1,966 9 1,957
1982 1,699 11 1,688
1983 1,478 5 1,473
1984 1,243 6 1,237
1985 1,151 7 1,144
1986 1,105 5 1,100
1987 1,035 10 1,025
1988 834 0 834
1989 748 0 748
1990 649 0 649
1991 566 0 566
1992 471 0 471
1993 456 0 456
1994 383 0 383
1995 398 0 398
1996 419 0 419
1997 388 0 388
1998 338 0 338
1999 307 0 307
2000 289 0 289
2001 263 0 263
2002 231 0 231
2003 215 0 215
2004 212 0 212
2005 228 0 228
2006 214 0 214
2007 206 0 206
2008 166 0 166
2009 145 0 145
2010 117 0 117
2011 117 0 117
2012 99 0 99
2013 85 0 85
2014 76 0 76
2015 88 0 88
2016 50 0 50

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Popularity of Brad as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brad U.S.
  White 78.81% 64.26%
  African American 12.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brad

People with the last name Brad are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Brad

  • How Popular is the name Brad? Brad is the 725th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brad was the 60,196th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brad have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 82,999 babies born with the first name Brad in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brad to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brad? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brad first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brad is Wednesday, December 25th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Brad born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brad was in 1960 with a total of 2,653 babies. That's a lot of babies named Brad!
  • Random Brad Factoid: According to the 1961 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brad ranks 70th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nebraska. Imagine that, 53 babies in Nebraska have the same name as you in 1961.
  • Weird things about the name Brad: Your name in reverse order is Darb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Badr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brad? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 335 people with the last name Brad.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brad? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brad as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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