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Brad is a sturdy and straightforward baby name for boys. Acknowledged as a nickname since medieval times, Brad became an iconic fixture in American culture during the 1990s. Brad Chase is the name of a character in the Boston Legal series, and Brad Follmer was also a character in the X-Files series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Brad:

Old English: Broad, wide
Old Irish: Salmon

Origin of the name Brad:

Brad derives from the Old English word brad (meaning “broad”). Many families traditionally use Brad as the short form of Bradley (meaning “broad meadow”) or Bradford (meaning “broad ford”). Brad is also the diminutive of Bradon. This name derives from the Irish surname Bradán (meaning “salmon”).

Symbolism of the name Brad:

Brad originates from the Anglo-Saxon word for “broad” or “wide.” The symbol topographical term is the glen or valley.

Style of the name Brad:

Traditional

Gender of the name Brad:

Brad is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Brad:

BRAD

Number of syllables in the name Brad:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Brad:

The name Brad evokes feelings of friendliness and frankness.

Alternative spellings for the name Brad:

  • Bradd
  • Brayd

Nicknames for the name Brad:

Popularity of the name Brad:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Brad was the 2,868th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Brad:

  • Brand
  • Boyd
  • Bard
  • Baird
  • Bud 
  • Bond
  • Bram
  • Bertrand
  • Buford 

Great middle names for Brad and their meanings:

  • Aksel (father of peace)
  • Carlton (free man settlement)
  • Damian (tame, conquer, subdue)
  • Ennis (island, first choice)
  • Kenzo (wise, healthy, strong)
  • Laramie (grove, canopy, arbor)
  • Nehemiah (God has comforted)
  • Oliver (olive tree, kind one, peace)
  • Phoenix (crimson, dark red)
  • Ryder (horseman, messenger, mounted warrior)
  • Wolfe (wolf, lupine)

Famous people with the name Brad:

  • Brad David Ausmus (baseball player)
  • Brad Keith Boyes (ice hockey player)
  • Brad Dexter (actor)
  • Brad Madison Hoylman (politician)
  • Brad Lewis Kavanagh (singer)
  • Brad Allan Myers (computer scientist)
  • Brad Douglas Paisley (singer)
  • Brad Pitt (actor)
  • Brad Quast (football player)
  • Brad Barron Renfro (actor)

Brad in popular culture:

  • Brad Chase (character in the Boston Legal series)
  • Brad Follmer (character in the X-Files series)
  • Brad King (character in the Hollyoaks series)