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[ 2 syll. bra-dley, br-adl-ey ] The baby boy name Bradley is pronounced BRAEDLiy- †. Bradley is of Old English origin and it is used mainly in English. Bradley's meaning is 'broad clearing'. It is derived from brad meaning 'broad' ; leah 'wood, clearing, meadow'. The place name has been taken up as a surname and subsequent first name since the 19th century. In literature, it has appeared as the name of Bradley Headstone in Charles Dicken's last novel Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865). It has sometimes been bestowed in honor of the US General Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981), one of the key commanders during World War II.

Bradley has 16 variations. Variations include Bradd, Braddley, Bradie, Bradlay, Bradlea, Bradleah, Bradlee, Bradli, Bradlie, Bradman, Bradney, and Brady. Other English forms include the shortening Brad, the diminutive form Lee, and the spelling variants Bradleigh and Bradly.

See also the related categories, wood, honor, war, general (universal), and literature.

Bradley is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity grew from the 1900s up to the 1980s. At the modest height of its usage in 1980, 0.389% of baby boys were named Bradley. It ranked at #51 then. The baby name has since experienced a decline in popularity. In 2017, it ranked at #230 with a usage of 0.083%, but it was nevertheless the 2nd most popular after Brady, within all boy names in its group. It was used 2.398% more than Bradley in 2017.

Baby names that sound like Bradley include Bradlee, Bradli, Bradlie, Bradly, Bardoul, Bartel, Barthol, Bartley, Bàrtolo, Bertell, Bertil, Bertill, Bertol, Bertyl, Bertyll, Birtel, Byrtel, Bartholo, Bartoli, and Bartolo.

† Pronunciation for Bradley: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"

A famous person named Bradley is Bradley Cooper, Actor, born 5 January 1975, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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