[ 1 syll. gra-ham, gr-ah-am ] The baby boy name Graham is pronounced as GRaeM or GREY-ahM †. Graham is largely used in the English and Scottish languages, and its origin is Old English. The name is of the meaning gravelly place, gray house. It is derived from the elements 'grand' meaning gravel, gray ; 'ham' home, house. The name is from a Scottish family name that is from an English place name in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Various other forms of the place name were found as Grandham and Granham. The surname was borne by the knight Sir William de Graham, who accompanied King David I on his north-bound journey in 1128 to claim the Scottish crown. He took the surname to Scotland and thus he was the founder of the clan Graham.
Graham has 19 variant transcriptions. Variation transcriptions include Graeghamm, Graeham, Graehame, Graehme, Graem, Grahamme, Grahem, Graheme, Grahm, Grahme, Gram, Gramm, Grantham, Granum, Grayham, Greyham, and Greyhame. The variant spellings Graeme (used in Scottish too) and Grahame are other English forms.
Graham is popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 1900s. At the modest height of its usage in 2012, 0.085% of baby boys were given the name Graham. Its ranking then was #215. Within all boy names in its group, Graham was the most popular in 2012. Graham was more frequently used than the subsequent ranked name, Graeme, by 8 times in that year.
† Pronunciation for Graham: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"
A famous person named Graham is Author, Graham Greene, born Henry Graham Greene, 2 October 1904 - 3 April 1991, Berkhampsted, Hertfordshire, England.