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What does Bradley mean?

Bradley Pronunciation of Bradley 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow, surname, 19th century, famous, 20th century (modern)


VARIANTS Brad, Bradd, Bradlea, Bradlee, Bradleigh, Bradlie, Bradly, Bradney, Lee



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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Bradley reached its peak rank of #54 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #247. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bradley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Bradley (#247 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) are Brad, Bradd, Bradlee, Bradly and Lee (#689). Usage of these relations of Bradley was at its most widespread 48 years ago (ADOPTION OF 0.63%) and is now much lower (ADOPTION 0.1%, 83.9%), with versions such as Brad becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bradley, Brad, Bradd, Bradlee, Bradly, Lee in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Ardley, Bailey, Baley, Bartley, Baxley, Bayley, Beasley, Bradden, Braden, Bradey, Bradie, Brady, Branlea (see Branley), Branlee, Branley, Branly, Brantley, Brauly, Brawlea (see Brawley), Brawley, Brawly, Braylen, Brenley (see Brinley), Briley, Brindley, Brinley, Brodey, Bromley, Bryley (see Briley), Cranley, Gradey, Gridley, Hadley, Headley, Radley and Wadley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bradley.

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