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Quick Facts on Bradley

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 175
Simple meaning:
Broad clearing

Characteristics of Bradley

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bradley

The name Bradley originated as an English-Scottish surname which was derived from a place name. In Olde English, the words “brād” (‘broad’) and “lēah” (‘wood, clearing’) give the location name its meaning: broad clearing (suitable for agriculture). The surname dates all the way back to the Domesday Book of 1086. The United States is mainly credited with bringing Bradley into the world of forenames, but the British followed. It is currently most popular in England, ranking in at #90 on their charts. It is no longer a Top 100 in any other English-speaking country.

Popularity of the Name Bradley

This modern-American favorite has actually been on the U.S. popularity charts since the government began tracking naming trends in 1880. We were surprised to see the name date back so far. Bradley sort of floundered on the charts in the first part of the 20th century but made some significant jumps in the late 1940s. We think this was probably influenced by the five-star General Omar Bradley, a WWII senior field commander, war hero, and the first general to be appointed Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff (by Truman). Between the mid-1940s and the early 1950s, the name accelerated almost 200 positions on the charts. After that, Bradley stuck. It hit the Top 100 list of most commonly used boys’ name in 1960 and experienced its peak popularity in the 1970s and 80s when it was almost a Top 50 favorite. The name’s usage is waning in current years, but not dramatically. It fell off the Top 100 list in 1998 but seems to be holding strong on the Top 200. Bradley begs to be shortened to Brad. There’s just something about the “-lee” sounding suffix that feminizes Bradley as a first name, although the dashing actor Bradley Cooper is changing our mind about that. Still, the one-syllable Brad has a no-nonsense quality of masculinity and a certain one-two punch (à la Brad Pitt). We would venture to guess that all girls who grew up in the 70s, 80s and 90s remember at least one cute boy in their class name Brad(ley).
Popularity of the Boy Name Bradley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bradley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bradley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bradley

    Bradley We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bradley.

  • Popular Songs on Bradley

    Popular Songs on Bradley

    Bradley - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Bradley.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bradley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bradley

    Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog (Tim Beiser) - The Globe and Mail says: “This delightful excursion is made even more so because Rachel Berman’s illustrations, interpretations of the miniature worlds of mouse nests and bear and hare picnics, are nothing short of entrancing.” And the Kirkus review says: “Picky eating has rarely been so lauded as it is in this tale of a delicate amphibian diet. An amusing tale, indeed.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Bradley

    Famous People Named Bradley

    Famous People Named Bradley - Bradley Ausmus (baseball player); Bradley Cooper (actor); Bradley Nowell (lead singer of Sublime); William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bradley

    Children of Famous People Named Bradley

    Famous People who Named their Son Bradley - Bryant Gumbel (sportscaster/journalist)

  • Historic Figures

    Bradley - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bradley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bradley.

Personality of the Boy Name Bradley

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bradley

  • No Variations Found.
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