Bradley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Bradley

Bradley

Pronunciation: BRAD-lee (key)

Origin of the name Bradley:

Transferred use of the surname originating from English place-names derived from the Old English elements brad (broad) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure): hence, “dweller at the broad wood.” Short: Brad.

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Comments and insights on the name Bradley: | Edit

Bradley is one of those names that grows with you as you age. When a boy is young, it seems more fitting to call him "Bradley". As he gets older though, "Brad" sounds like a strong, masculine name.

We named our daughter Bradley. I know it's not a usual girl's choice, but it was my grandmother's given name as well. It's so fitting on her and goes perfectly with her personality!

Bradley sounds dated today. Brody is a contemporary, similar choice.

Brody will sound even more dated in a couple of years.

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This is one of those names slowly creeping into the female name pool, like Bailey, Charlie, Logan, or Taylor. My sister is a "Bradli" and I have yet to meet another. It is always received well and definitely starts a conversation with strangers!

This name is a solid choice and works well for young children as well as older adults.

My grandmother was given her mom's maiden name as a given name - Bradley. She was called Brad in her childhood. We bestowed the name upon our daughter (2nd part of a double name) in her honor. I've actually met a few little girl Bradley's (Bradlee & Bradleigh, even). Even with my girl Bradley, I do prefer it on a boy.

This is the name of one of my greatest friends' son. It suits him perfectly - I couldn't see a better fitting name on him! He is an amazing boy, and he has a wonderful, handsome name, too! I see this name as, well, um, quite MASCULINE. My point? ...It just isn't right on a girl. ...At all. There are some male names that are great and suiting on girls - but not this one. Extremely pleasant, unique, handsome name for a young man!

Nicknames for Bradley: | Edit

Brad, Lee, Brady, Rad

Meanings and history of the name Bradley: | Edit

American and English Meaning: Broad clearing in the wood.

Famous real-life people named Bradley: | Edit

Brad Pitt, actor
Bradley Cooper, actor
Bradley James, actor

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