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Gender: Male Meaning of Graham: "gravelly homestead" Origin of Graham: Scottish Graham's Popularity in 2017: #183

The name Graham is a boy's name of Scottish, English origin meaning "gravelly homestead". Graham is ranked #183 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Make suggestions based on previous person's signature".

From the experts:

Well used in England and Scotland since the fifties, the smooth and sophisticated Graham is catching on here.

Among the best known bearers are novelist Graham Greene, racing driver Graham Hill and painter Graham Sutherland, as well as musicians Graham Nash and Parker--and Gram Parsons.

Though long associated with the Scots, Graham actually developed as a surname in England, dating back to the eleventh century. The Scots sometimes spell it Graeme, and the Brits use Gram as its nickname.

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Famous People Named Graham

Graham Abbey, Canadian actor
Graham E. Bell, American astronomer
Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python)
Graham Gano, American football player
(Henry) Graham Greene, English novelist
Graham Hancock - British writer and reporter
Graham Harrell, American football player
Graham Hill, British racing driver
Graham Ingels, American comic book/magazine illustrator
Graham Parker, English singer-songwriter
Graham Patrick Martin, American actor
Graham Nash, English musician of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash
Graham Norton, Irish comedian and TV presenter
Graham Rahal, American race car driver
Graham Swift, British author
Graham Elliot, American celebrity chef on TV's "MasterChef"
Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor of the telephone
Graham Zusi, American soccer player
Graham Waterston, son of actor Sam Waterston
Graham Scott, son of actor Adam Scott
Graham Liston Witherill (b. 2009), son of racing driver Cory Witherill
Graham Wellesley, Earl of Cowley
Lindsey Graham, American politician, senator from South Carolina

Pop Culture References for the name Graham

Graham, character from the video game "King's Quest V"
Graham Dalton, character in"Sex, Lies, and Videotape,"
Graham Sandoval, character in Lifetime's "The Client List"
Graham Hawtrey, character in film "The Internship"
Graham, character on TV's "The 100"
Dr. John Graham Bretton, character in "Villette" by Charlotte Bronte
Graham Eaton, female character from the movie "But I'm a Cheerleader," played by Clea DuVall
Will Graham, character in the TV series "Hannibal"
Ashley Graham, character from the video game "Resident Evil 4"
Graham crackers, a type of cracker confectionery, an ingredient in s'mores

Ghramm, Graeham, Grahame, Gram, Gramm, Grantham, Granum

Graham's International Variations

Graeme (Scottish)


aleerakate Says:


I never realised that anyone ever pronounced this as "gram". Graham or Graeme, in Australia it is only ever pronounced "grey-am".

anniebrown01 Says:


I have always loved this name, and I can see it worn on both a toddler and an adult. Plus, in the US at least, Graham is obscure without being to "out there," making it a good choice for anyone.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I like graham

gummybear0724 Says:


What do you guys think about the combination Auden Graham?

thorn144 Says:


Graham is great! Warm but strong sound, and great meaning. I like graham crackers too! I also agree it's great name for a grown man.

indiefendi2 Says:


In 'Merica we say "gram" haha

helenlouise Says:


I'm confused.. I've heard of "gram cracker" but did not realise it was spelt Graham cracker. In the USA is Graham pronounced Gram? Here it's "Grey-ahm".

ashbee Says:


Haha I'm the same way. Makes it adorable for a baby boy, but it's also a strong, sturdy name for a man to grow into.

Swangirl Says:


I find this name very handsome. I also associate it with graham crackers, but don't really see that as a bad thing :)

Zelliew Says:


Graham is much nicer than stodgy old George, in my opinion

headintheclouds Says:


I've always thought Graham sounded like a handsome distinguished underused classic, and a grounded and solid name. Graham is ripe for revival in wake of the resurgence of popularity of vintage names, and I think it would make a great choice. I particularly like the nickname Gray, though Graham is perfect in its full form too.

thenamer007 Says:


Really? In the US it's reversed

Catastroffy Says:


Smooth and sophisticated? I actually find Graham rather rough.

Stacey Mullinex Says:


my boyfriend and I are naming our son Graham!!!

claraminta Says:


I love Graham as well!

India Says:


I personally like George better, just because Graham, here in the Uk, is a fat middle aged man name..

Rush1986 Says:


Always loved Graham. I love the Graeme spelling but that would cause unnecessary confusion across the pond.

grace_newgrace Says:


Such a handsome name!!!

LunaCross Says:


I have a friend name Graham Bitzer.

LolaAugust Says:


Does everyone like graham or George better??

raevynstar Says:


Me too, now that I think about it. :)

alexa400 Says:


I love Graham!

raevynstar Says:


Don't some people call their grandmother Gram???
And what about the graham cracker association?
I'd save this for a book character. No offense to any Graham lovers.