Meaning and name origin
Bradley \b-rad-ley, br(a)-dley\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Bradley), is pronounced BRAD-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bradley is "broad meadow". Transferred use of the surname and place name. Used since the mid 19th century, more in America than in other English-speaking countries. The most famous American with this surname was General Omar N. Bradley (20th century). Senator Bill Bradley; actor Bradley Whitford.
Bradley is a very popular first name for males (#128 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#181 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bradley for boys. Bradley reached its highest rank of #54 in the U.S. in 1980-1989. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bradley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Bradley (#184), Lee (#701), Brad and Bradly. (2014 statistics).