Bradley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Bradley | Boys
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.
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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.
- Nicknames for Bradley: | Edit
Brad, Lee, Brady, Rad
- Meanings and history of the name Bradley: | Edit
"Broad meadow/land" This was a family surname derived from Ireland and the UK I believe.
- Famous real-life people named Bradley: | Edit
Brad Pitt, actor
Bradley Cooper, actor
Bradley James, actor
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Global Popularity of the Name Bradley
- #67 in England
- #163 in Scotland
- #201 in United States
- #205 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #230 in Canada (Alberta)
- #293 in Canada (Quebec)