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What does Bradford mean?

Bradford Pronunciation of Bradford [brad-ford] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bradford is "broad ford". Transferred use of the surname and place name. Name of the first governor of the Plymouth colony, William Bradford (17th century). Another William Bradford (18th century) was a printer who played an important part in the American Revolution.

Associated with: old english, ford (river), surname, 17th century, 18th century.


Bradford has 3 variants: Brad, Braddford and Bradfurd.

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Middle name pairings:
Bradford Donavan (B.D.), ..

How popular is Bradford?

Bradford is a very popular first name for males (#467 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#586 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bradford reached its highest rank of #279 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bradford name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bradford outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent alternative form of Bradford ranked in the Top 2000 is Brad (#1743 from recent data). These forms of Bradford reached the height of their popularity in the 1970s (usage of 0.2%) and have become much less common since, with forms such as Brad going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bradford, Brad in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bradford and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aldford (see Alford), Balfor (see Balfour), Balfore, Beaufort, Bedford, Beresford, Beuford, Bickford, Blandford, Blanford, Bradburn, Bradd, Braddock, Braddon, Bradon, Brainard, Brainerd, Braynard, Bufford, Buford, Burford, Byford, Cranford, Cranfurd (see Cranford), Crawford, Crawfurd (see Crawford), Halford, Hanford, Harford, Lawford, Lindford, Meadford (see Medford), Medford, Orford, Radferd, Radford, Radfurd (see Radford), Rayford, Redford, Safford, Sandford, Sanford, Stafford, Staford, Stamford, Standford, Stanford, Strafford, Stratford, Walford and Warford. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bradford.

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