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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Brainerd mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Brainerd

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B is for bygone, never forgetting golden memories.

R is for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

A is for accountable, someone to be counted on

I is for inventor, how many things will you create?

N is for nurturing, to all that need help

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

R is for rapport, friends seek you.

D is for decisive, especially when it counts

Notable Persons Named Brainerd

Brainerd was born on December 20th, 1912. He passed away on September 7th, 1965.


Brainerd was born on August 15th, 1834 in Champlain, New York. He left this life on January 9th, 1920.


Brainerd Jones was an architect. Brainerd was born in 1865. He left this life in 1949.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Brainerd

George Bradford Brainerd was a photographer, civil engineer, historian, and amateur historian. George was born on November 27th, 1845 in Haddam, Connecticut. He left this life in 1887.


Lawrence Brainerd was a senator. Lawrence was born on March 16th, 1794 in East Hartford, Connecticut. He died on May 9th, 1870.


Her career lasted from 1902 to 1919. Eleanor was born on January 31st, 1868 in Iowa City, Iowa. She left this life on March 18th, 1942.



Erastus was born on February 25th, 1855. He passed away on December 25th, 1922.


His most notable accomplishments were from 1883 to 1885. Samuel was born on November 13th, 1842 in Albion, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on November 21st, 1898.


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Popularity of Brainerd as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brainerd U.S.
  White 93.85% 64.26%
  African American 0.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brainerd

People with the last name Brainerd are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Brainerd

  • How Popular is the name Brainerd? As a last name Brainerd was the 19,200th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Brainerd first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Brainerd is Thursday, January 2nd, 1879.
  • How unique is the name Brainerd? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Brainerd. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Brainerd: Your name in reverse order is Dreniarb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arbnreid. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brainerd? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,414 people with the last name Brainerd.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brainerd? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Brainerd as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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