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Origin: Old English
Meaning: From the Broad Valley

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Braden

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Braden in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Braden:

  • Records indicate that 39,466 boys in the United States have been named Braden since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2005, when 3,037 people in the U.S. were given the name Braden. Those people are now 15 years old.

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    Comments about the name Braden

    96% Approval Rating
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      22 Positive Comments

  • "my name is braden homsey i was born on march 3 2000" Feb. 4, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son born in 2002 is named Braden Carl, the Carl is after my father. Love, love love the name after 9 years. He is our Brady, Brade and Brady Butt~ Brady is very appropriate for a litte boy, young man, college kid and Braden is very professional sounding as well~" Aug. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 20 year old son is a "Braden." But known as "Brady" all his life. No one ever uses his last name. Coaches and college professors all just call him "Brady." He says it's kinda like "Pele" or "Che." He loves both "Brady" and "Braden." He says people love "Brady" and are impressed by "Braden" when they learn its his formal name. I've always called him just "Brade."" Jun. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was given "Braden" as a middle name after my Grandfather in Pennsylvania. He was the first generation born in the US from an Irish father. I don't know why he had that name. My parents shortened it to "Brady" as a nickname and I liked it because it was different and always stuck out. I was born in 1960." Jan. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our little baby boy, Braden and I can't be happier with the choice. We decided to not use the "y", because it felt a little to feminine for a boy. I have not yet met anyone else with the same name, but I know they're out there and that's ok with us!" Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Braden in 2006 after the Braden River in Bradenton Florida. My husband and I always travel through that way and we decided to name our first boy that because we love that area. Before then, I had never heard the name. With the recent Target commercial with all the brown lunch bags saying Braden but spelled many different ways, I thought I should look up its popularity. I have only run into a few Braden's. So I thought it was sort of weird that Target picked that name appear on the lunch bags. In 2005 it was the 133 most popular name. I love the name. I had no idea it was popular. I guess the way it is spelled is still unique. Most people I run into are spelled with a y." Sep. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Braden Alexander in 1996...little did I know how popular it would become. Yes, everyone says Brandon or Brady. My son loves his name. Everyone else seems to love it. And I love it." Jun. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are expecting in March 2010 and plan to name our son Braden. We loved this name from the beginning but had never heard it before we read it in the baby name book but we like it without the 'Y' - it seems it may be becoming more popular so we hope he won't have too many issues with the pronunciation." Nov. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love that name. My sons name is Braeden. Everyone always comments what a beautiful name that is." Nov. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Braden, and it can often be pronounced wrong. People tend to read it and pronounce my name as "Brad-n." But as it is becoming somewhat more common, people are getting used to it." Oct. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am choosing this name for my son who is due to be born on New Years Eve. We are looking at the spelling of Braden or Bradyn" Aug. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Braiden Reilly we love it and everybody seems to love it as well. as everyone else we taught we were being creative but it seems that we werent.which is ok we love the we are having our second baby and are having a hard time coming up with a name as pretty.." Jul. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson's name is Braidon...I love the name!!!" Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I will name my baby boy Braden in June when he is born. I like the way it goes with my first son's name Taven (short a, rymes with gavin. i think it is unique and beautiful. I also just love the way Braden Allen sound together. Im very excited." Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Braden Michael Miller and I have always loved my name (born in 1981) Although it does get frustrating repeating the correct way to say it to people telling them its NOT brandon or brad-en." Oct. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 7 year old sons name is Braden, I still think the name is unique and love it. Every time we tell someone his name is Braden, they respond "Oh, Brandon, what a nice name". It's kind of funny. I haden't met anyone who had a child named Braden until 2005 - 2 people I worked with named their son Braden - both spelled Brayden. So the spelling "Braden" is still unique in my part of the world anyways. I love the name - and am sure he will find that's it's quite common as he grows up. Our next son will be called "Bourne" another great name - even more unique - at least for now!!" Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 2 year old is named Braden he is very handsome (so we have been told) its fits him. He is a smart boy tall for his age flirts with the ladies and respects the women in our family. I have been hearing it more often, I don't know how I feel about that. I do know that I adore him and his name." Nov. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. I named him after his great-great grandfather, Braden Drake, from England. I love this name!" May. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Braden Ellis in 1989.At the time we did not know or hear the name mentioned.Now nearly two decades later it is an extremely popular name in our area. Although I feel the Braden spelling is far more masculine it is often spelt Brayden Victoria Australia" May. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is also my son's name. My wife and I thought we were being original because we never heard the name before. We kicked around Jayden, Hayden, Braylon before making up the name Braden. Turns out it is becoming a very popular name that we can't take credit for." Apr. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Braeden Riley. We are of Irish decent and so the "ae" is Irish/Gaelic. I am so proud of this name as I haven't found anyone else with it, that's the best part, but at the same time it is a very manly stately name" Jan. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. He does get confused with Brandon at times (there is a boy in his class with that name). It is pronounced with a long A." Jan. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Our first grandchild is being named Braden and we are very dissappointed. we were hoping for a more traditional name appropriate for a successful adult, not just a trendy teenager sounding name." Nov. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "One of my best friends name is Braden I couldn't be prouder of him xoxo" Dec. 17, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Braden Eric when he was born in 1978. I loved the name then and still do. I've was acquainted with two people that named their sons Braden after hearing my sons name. I have a friend that's grandson's name is Brayden born in 2012. Does anyone know the origins of the spellings/names?" Mar. 26, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is brayden, and guess what I'm a girl who plays DRUMS I think girls with the name are cooler cause there aren't as many of us. All my sma( Sarasota Military Academy, which is a high school ) call me Brady and I love it but my mom , not so much!" Jun. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called braden he was born in 2005 Thought it was a unusual name !! But After reading I think not lol" Nov. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "im a girl an my name is brayden u can also spell it like bradin braidin an many more :)" May. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name! I know I'm a girl, looking up baby names because it's fun! but, this name is awesome! I love it sooo much. When I'm older and have a baby boy, I want to either name him ashton or braden! SO CUTE :)" Feb. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Eric Braden is my name, and when THEY mispronounce it Brady, Brandon, or anything else it just shows how much they are listening, and also their IQ if they are actually reading it off a list. To many teachers did that. Sorry to the teachers, but get it RIGHT." Feb. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Braden Miller too, and i dont like it. I'm sick of people mispronouncing it and I wish my parents named me something normal." Nov. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our little girl Brayden Nicole, we love her name. We call her Braydie as a nick name. I know this was about boys with the name Brayden but just thought I'd suggest saving it for a girl. I have never met another girl with this name. I think it's a beautiful name and very unique. Everybody seems to love it and everyone tends to remember it. just a thought." Sep. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son, Eric Braden. I still love it and most importantly, he likes his name." Jun. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes it has become increasingly popular. I first fell in love with the name in the Spring of 2004. I had planned to name my first son Braden, but when he was born in February 2005, my husband decided that he wanted a Brian Jr. I eventually had the oppurtunity to name my second son, Braden William when he was born in June, 2007. It is crazy now because it seems that everyone is naming their children Braden. Well, I plan to keep with the "BR" them and name my next either Bryce or Breanna, depending on the sex." Feb. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hes two and he flirts with ladies ?????? what kind of family do you live in?" Jan. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hes two and he flirts with ladies ?????? what kind of family do you live in?" Jan. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm the only person I know with this name. I like it, but people always mistake it for Brandon." Dec. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Braden is my oldest son's name. I knew people with the last name of Braden but never a first name until i saw it in the birth announcements in the local newspaper when i was in high school. I fell in love with it as a first name. It is unique and masculine but not too out there. My Braden is graduating this year and over the years we have ran into others with that name, not many but a few. I am still in love with his name!" May. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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