Bradley

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304k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bradley

"Bradley" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the Broad Meadow". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States general who played an important role in the Allied victory in World War II (1893-1981)
  2. United States politician who was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles (1917-1998)
Wiktionary

Places in England, from Old English brād (“broad”) + lēah (“woodland”).

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Bradley

Bradley Cooper is an actor and producer. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Bradley was given the name Bradley Charles Cooper on January 5th, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Chelsea Manning is a soldier. Chelsea was given the name Bradley Edward Manning on December 17th, 1987 in Crescent, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Bradley Whitford is an actor. He was most prominent from 1985 to present. Bradley was born on October 10th, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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B. D. Wong is an actor. He was most prominent from 1983 to 1983. B. was given the name Bradley Darryl Wong on October 24th, 1960 in San Francisco, California, United States. B. is also known as Bradd D. Wong, Bradd Wong, and BD Wong.

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Bradley James is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2008. Bradley was born on October 11th, 1983 in Exeter, Devon, England.

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Bradley Nowell was a ska punk, reggae rock, reggae, ska, alternative rock, acoustic music, hip hop music, and punk rock guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, Bass guitar, Percussion instrument, Conga, Sampler (musical instrument), Programming (music), Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster, Epiphone, and Vocals. He was most active from 1981 to 1996. Bradley was born Bradley Nowell on February 22nd, 1968 in Long Beach, California, United States. He died on May 25th, 1996.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bradley

Omar Bradley is a military person. His military service ended in 1981.

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David Bradley is an actor. He was most prominent from 1971 to present. David was given the name David John Bradley on April 17th, 1942 in York.

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Charles Bradley is a funk and soul music musician. He was most active from 1965 to 1965. Charles was born on November 5th, 1948 in Gainesville, Florida, United States.

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Timothy was born on August 29th, 1983 in Palm Springs, California, U.S.

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Michael Bradley is a soccer player for the Toronto FC, Chicago Sockers, IMG Academy, New York Red Bulls, SC Heerenveen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Aston Villa F.C., A.C. Chievo Verona, A.S. Roma, United States men's national under-17 soccer team, United States men's national under-18 soccer team, and a. Michael was born on July 31st, 1987 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

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Robert Bradley is a soccer manager for the Le Havre AC and Princeton Tigers men's soccer. Robert was born on March 3rd, 1958 in Montclair, New Jersey, United States.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 0 5
1881 10 0 10
1882 5 0 5
1883 8 0 8
1885 9 0 9
1887 5 0 5
1890 9 0 9
1891 5 0 5
1893 6 0 6
1894 9 0 9
1895 26 0 26
1896 24 0 24
1897 16 0 16
1898 15 0 15
1899 8 0 8
1900 15 0 15
1901 11 0 11
1902 9 0 9
1903 6 0 6
1904 15 0 15
1905 9 0 9
1906 12 0 12
1907 14 0 14
1908 18 0 18
1909 19 0 19
1910 17 0 17
1911 21 0 21
1912 36 0 36
1913 42 0 42
1914 44 0 44
1915 66 0 66
1916 70 0 70
1917 49 0 49
1918 81 0 81
1919 53 0 53
1920 92 6 86
1921 64 0 64
1922 86 0 86
1923 80 0 80
1924 86 0 86
1925 79 0 79
1926 81 0 81
1927 91 0 91
1928 110 0 110
1929 110 0 110
1930 122 0 122
1931 161 0 161
1932 142 0 142
1933 159 0 159
1934 166 0 166
1935 237 0 237
1936 216 0 216
1937 215 0 215
1938 208 0 208
1939 205 0 205
1940 229 0 229
1941 286 0 286
1942 342 0 342
1943 330 0 330
1944 308 0 308
1945 309 0 309
1946 561 0 561
1947 835 5 830
1948 1,030 0 1,030
1949 1,318 6 1,312
1950 1,637 6 1,631
1951 1,815 0 1,815
1952 2,043 0 2,043
1953 2,777 7 2,770
1954 3,236 5 3,231
1955 3,183 6 3,177
1956 3,513 0 3,513
1957 3,535 8 3,527
1958 3,735 8 3,727
1959 4,063 16 4,047
1960 4,753 7 4,746 #90 boy name
1961 4,742 9 4,733 #87 boy name
1962 4,645 9 4,636 #87 boy name
1963 4,780 11 4,769 #82 boy name
1964 4,976 12 4,964 #77 boy name
1965 4,808 16 4,792 #72 boy name
1966 4,575 17 4,558 #68 boy name
1967 4,360 15 4,345 #66 boy name
1968 4,830 21 4,809 #57 boy name
1969 6,425 28 6,397 #53 boy name
1970 6,848 24 6,824 #47 boy name
1971 5,819 29 5,790 #58 boy name
1972 4,862 26 4,836 #61 boy name
1973 4,773 21 4,752 #63 boy name
1974 5,203 28 5,175 #58 boy name
1975 5,929 32 5,897 #52 boy name
1976 6,011 28 5,983 #51 boy name
1977 6,465 34 6,431 #49 boy name
1978 6,139 39 6,100 #53 boy name
1979 6,960 31 6,929 #47 boy name
1980 7,267 52 7,215 #51 boy name
1981 6,940 44 6,896 #50 boy name
1982 7,025 46 6,979 #51 boy name
1983 6,772 33 6,739 #52 boy name
1984 6,625 56 6,569 #53 boy name
1985 7,045 37 7,008 #53 boy name
1986 7,088 50 7,038 #54 boy name
1987 6,970 56 6,914 #56 boy name
1988 7,041 29 7,012 #57 boy name
1989 7,001 25 6,976 #58 boy name
1990 6,448 17 6,431 #65 boy name
1991 5,751 27 5,724 #67 boy name
1992 5,115 19 5,096 #72 boy name
1993 5,149 16 5,133 #73 boy name
1994 4,691 17 4,674 #83 boy name
1995 4,787 23 4,764 #78 boy name
1996 4,778 22 4,756 #83 boy name
1997 4,136 13 4,123 #94 boy name
1998 3,819 23 3,796
1999 3,592 17 3,575
2000 3,032 18 3,014
2001 2,740 11 2,729
2002 2,659 15 2,644
2003 2,404 12 2,392
2004 2,327 20 2,307
2005 2,425 17 2,408
2006 2,148 13 2,135
2007 2,087 12 2,075
2008 1,959 8 1,951
2009 1,962 13 1,949
2010 2,005 13 1,992
2011 2,172 15 2,157
2012 2,306 15 2,291
2013 2,347 29 2,318
2014 2,365 43 2,322
2015 2,446 51 2,395
2016 2,098 58 2,040

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Popularity of Bradley as a first name

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Popularity of Bradley as a last name

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Common last names for Bradley

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Baker
  • Taylor
  • Wright
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bradley U.S.
  White 69.12% 64.26%
  African American 25.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bradley

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

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Fun Facts about the name Bradley

  • How Popular is the name Bradley? Bradley is the 234th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bradley was the 208th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bradley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 303,987 babies born with the first name Bradley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bradley to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bradley? 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 Bradley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bradley is Thursday, April 4th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Bradley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bradley was in 1980 with a total of 7,215 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bradley!
  • Random Bradley Factoid: According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bradley ranks 27th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 315 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1963.
  • Weird things about the name Bradley: Your name in reverse order is Yeldarb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yelbard. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bradley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 136,720 people with the last name Bradley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bradley? Bradley was ranked as the 208th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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