Meaning and name origin
Bradford \b-radfo-rd, br(ad)-ford\ as a boy's 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 or last name for all people (#536 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bradford for boys. Bradford reached its highest rank of #281 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bradford and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bradford and Brad. (2014 statistics).