Brannon last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Brannon is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Brannon.

Meaning of Brannon

An Irish surname derived from the Gaelic "Ó Braonáin," meaning "descendant of Braonán," a personal name meaning "sorrow" or "sadness."

Brannon, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Brannon surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Brannon in America

Brannon is the 2253rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Brannon surname appeared 16,136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 people would have the surname Brannon.

We can also compare 2010 data for Brannon to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2253 2127 5.75%
Count 16,136 15,640 3.12%
Proportion per 100k 5.47 5.80 -5.86%

The history of the last name Brannon

The surname Brannon is of Irish origin, deriving from the Gaelic personal name "Bran" or "Brann," which means "raven." This name can be traced back to the early medieval period in Ireland, where it was initially used as a given name.

The earliest recorded instances of the surname Brannon can be found in historical records from the 16th and 17th centuries in various Irish counties, such as Armagh, Tyrone, and Fermanagh. During this period, the name was often spelled as "Brannaghan," "Brannaghyn," or "Branaughan," reflecting the variations in spelling that were common at the time.

One notable historical figure bearing the surname Brannon was Patrick Brannagh, a Catholic priest and scholar who lived in the late 16th century. He was known for his writings on Irish history and culture, including a work titled "The Description of Ireland."

In the 17th century, the name Brannon appeared in various records related to the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and the subsequent Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Some individuals with this surname were involved in the conflict, either as soldiers or supporters of the Irish Confederacy.

As the centuries progressed, the surname Brannon spread beyond Ireland, with many families emigrating to other parts of the British Isles and eventually to the United States and other countries. Some notable individuals with this surname include:

  1. John Brannon (1844-1921), an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from North Carolina.
  2. Rachel Brannon (born 1945), an American actress and author known for her work in television and film.
  3. William Brannon (1841-1918), a Confederate soldier and farmer from Virginia who served in the American Civil War.
  4. Siobhan Brannon (born 1977), an Irish actress and television presenter known for her work on Irish and British television.
  5. Michael Brannon (born 1962), an American businessman and entrepreneur who co-founded the technology company Verizon Wireless.

The surname Brannon has also been associated with various place names, particularly in Ireland, where towns and villages such as Brannockstown and Brannonstown bear similarities to the name.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Brannon

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Brannon.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Brannon was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 79.12% 12,767
Non-Hispanic Black Only 15.18% 2,449
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.50% 81
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.77% 124
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.34% 378
Hispanic Origin 2.09% 337

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Brannon has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 79.12% 81.83% -3.37%
Black 15.18% 14.15% 7.02%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.50% 0.40% 22.22%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.77% 0.81% -5.06%
Two or More Races 2.34% 1.41% 49.60%
Hispanic 2.09% 1.41% 38.86%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Brannon was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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