What does Bradley mean?
Bradley /brad-ley/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' 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.
How popular is Bradley?
Bradley is a very popular first name for men (#128 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#200 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Bradley for boys. Bradley reached its peak rank of #54 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #184. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Bradley (#184 the previous year) are Brad, Bradly and Lee (#701 the previous year). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.7448%) and is now much lower (usage 0.2788%, ▼62.6%), with the versions Brad, Bradly and Lee becoming less in vogue. Bradley (#184) is the most trendy name for newborns here, and there is a rebound in birth name popularity for this name. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Bradley and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)