Bradford

First Name
32k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
54k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bradford

"Bradford" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the broad ford". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States printer (born in England) whose press produced the first American prayer book and the New York City's first newspaper (1663-1752)
Wiktionary

Various place names in England, from Old English brād "broad" + ford "ford".

  1. A city in West Yorkshire, England.
  2. A habitational surname​.
  3. A male given name derived from the surname, of mostly American usage.

Notable Persons Named Bradford

Brad Dourif is an actor and voice actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Brad was given the name Bradford Claude Dourif on March 18th, 1950 in Huntington, West Virginia, United States.

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Brad Delson is an alternative metal, nu metal, alternative rock, hard rock, and electronic rock musician, a&r representative, record producer, artists, and repertoire. He plays PRS Guitars and Fender Stratocaster. His ongoing career started in 1995. Brad was given the name Bradford Phillip Delson on December 1st, 1977 in Agoura, California, United States. Brad is also known as Big Bad Brad and BBB.

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Bradford Cox is an indie rock, shoegazing, ambient music, noise rock, and experimental rock musician, actor, and singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar, Percussion instrument, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Drum kit, Harmonica, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2001. Bradford was given the name Bradford James Cox on May 15th, 1982. Bradford is also known as Atlas Sound.

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Brad Rutter is an actor, tv host, and game show contestant. Brad was given the name Bradford Gates Rutter on January 31st, 1978 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Brad Mehldau is a jazz and post-bop musician. He plays Piano. He has been prominent since 1980. Brad was given the name Bradford Alexander Mehldau on August 23rd, 1970.

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Bradford Dillman is an actor and author. His career lasted from 1955 to 1955. Bradford was born on April 14th, 1930 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bradford

Sam Bradford is a football player. Sam was born on November 8th, 1987 in Oklahoma City.

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Jesse Bradford is an actor. He was most active from 1984 to present. Jesse was given the name Jesse Bradford Watrouse on May 28th, 1979 in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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William Bradford was a Governor of Plymouth Colony. William was born in Austerfield. He died on May 9th, 1657.

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Jimmy Nail is a soul, pop rock, rock and roll, country, rock, roll, and country music musician. He was most prominent from 1983 to 2004. Jimmy was given the name James Michael Aloysius Bradford on March 16th, 1954.

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Chad Bradford is a baseball player. Chad was born on September 14th, 1974 in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Richard Bradford is an actor. He was most prominent from 1966 to 2005. Richard was born on November 10th, 1937 in Tyler, Texas, U.S.

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How popular is the baby name Bradford in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1885 5 0 5
1888 5 0 5
1889 5 0 5
1891 9 0 9
1893 7 0 7
1894 5 0 5
1895 11 0 11
1896 13 0 13
1897 5 0 5
1898 9 0 9
1900 13 0 13
1901 5 0 5
1902 9 0 9
1904 8 0 8
1905 11 0 11
1906 5 0 5
1907 9 0 9
1908 11 0 11
1909 15 0 15
1910 8 0 8
1911 22 0 22
1912 43 0 43
1913 38 0 38
1914 50 0 50
1915 69 0 69
1916 72 0 72
1917 72 0 72
1918 70 0 70
1919 69 0 69
1920 74 0 74
1921 85 0 85
1922 71 0 71
1923 73 0 73
1924 76 0 76
1925 76 0 76
1926 98 0 98
1927 96 0 96
1928 85 0 85
1929 84 0 84
1930 88 0 88
1931 87 0 87
1932 86 0 86
1933 82 0 82
1934 96 0 96
1935 92 0 92
1936 102 0 102
1937 130 0 130
1938 106 0 106
1939 128 0 128
1940 126 0 126
1941 136 0 136
1942 159 0 159
1943 173 0 173
1944 190 0 190
1945 184 0 184
1946 251 0 251
1947 327 0 327
1948 377 0 377
1949 496 0 496
1950 575 0 575
1951 575 0 575
1952 657 0 657
1953 778 0 778
1954 770 0 770
1955 703 5 698
1956 722 0 722
1957 674 0 674
1958 620 0 620
1959 615 0 615
1960 668 0 668
1961 582 0 582
1962 533 0 533
1963 613 0 613
1964 602 0 602
1965 582 0 582
1966 527 0 527
1967 563 5 558
1968 541 6 535
1969 601 0 601
1970 614 0 614
1971 570 0 570
1972 469 0 469
1973 494 0 494
1974 601 0 601
1975 564 8 556
1976 599 5 594
1977 610 5 605
1978 600 0 600
1979 615 0 615
1980 630 0 630
1981 599 0 599
1982 561 0 561
1983 480 0 480
1984 474 0 474
1985 453 0 453
1986 387 0 387
1987 446 5 441
1988 368 0 368
1989 353 0 353
1990 304 0 304
1991 277 0 277
1992 270 0 270
1993 267 0 267
1994 243 0 243
1995 216 0 216
1996 211 0 211
1997 177 0 177
1998 176 0 176
1999 151 0 151
2000 123 0 123
2001 103 0 103
2002 125 0 125
2003 102 0 102
2004 99 0 99
2005 97 0 97
2006 95 0 95
2007 99 0 99
2008 57 0 57
2009 76 0 76
2010 78 0 78
2011 72 0 72
2012 81 0 81
2013 64 0 64
2014 77 0 77
2015 63 0 63
2016 68 0 68

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Popularity of Bradford as a first name

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Popularity of Bradford as a last name

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Common last names for Bradford

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • White
  • Brown
  • Allen
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Powell
  • Boyd

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bradford U.S.
  White 64.77% 64.26%
  African American 29.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.48% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bradford

People with the last name Bradford are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bradford

  • How Popular is the name Bradford? Bradford is the 1,321st most popular name of all time. As a last name Bradford was the 628th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bradford have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 31,671 babies born with the first name Bradford in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bradford to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bradford? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bradford first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bradford is Tuesday, November 4th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Bradford born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bradford was in 1953 with a total of 778 babies.
  • Random Bradford Factoid: According to the 1954 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bradford ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 13 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1954.
  • Weird things about the name Bradford: Your name in reverse order is Drofdarb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rarobdfd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bradford? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 54,015 people with the last name Bradford.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bradford? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Bradford as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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