What does Bradford mean?
Bradford \b-radfo-rd, br(ad)-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 is a very popular first name for males (#467 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#536 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Bradford for boys. Bradford entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #281 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
The only other prominent alternative form of Bradford ranked in the Top 1000 is Brad. This boy name reached the height of its popularity during 1970-1979 and has become much less popular since, with the forms Bradford and Brad becoming less in vogue. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Bradford and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)