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What does Bradley mean?

Bradley \b-rad-ley, br(a)-dley\ 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.


Bradley has 9 variants: Brad, Bradd, Bradlea, Bradlee, Bradleigh, Bradlie, Bradly, Bradney and Lee.


Bradley is a very popular first name for men (#128 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#181 out of 88799, 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. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #184. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bradley name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Bradley and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Bradley (#184 the previous year) are Brad, Bradly and Lee (#701 the previous year). Usage of this boy name was at its most widespread during 1970-1979 and is now much lower, with the versions Brad, Bradly and Lee becoming less in vogue. Bradley (#184) is the most trendy name for newborns here. There is a rebound in birth name popularity for this name. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Brad, Bradley, Bradly, Lee in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bradley, Lee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Bradey, Branley and Brawley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bradley.