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What does Bradford mean?

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.


Bradford has 3 variants: Brad, Braddford and Bradfurd.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Brandford, Branford, ..

(female) Bradda, Bradforde, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name statistics of Bradford for boys. Bradford reached its highest rank of #279 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is at #1898 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

The only other prominent alternative form of Bradford (#1898 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 is Brad (#1911 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 Bradford 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.