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Pronunciation /ˈbrædli/
Gender Male
Word/name Old English, Irish Gaelic
Meaning "broad wood", "broad clearing"[1]
Region of origin England, Ireland

Bradley is an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad wood" or "broad meadow" in Old English.[1]

Like many English surnames Bradley can also be used as a given name and as such has become popular.

It is also an Anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic name O’Brolachán (also O’Brallaghan) from County Tyrone in Ireland. The family moved and spread to counties Londonderry, Donegal and Cork, and England.


Bradley is the surname of the following notable people:

First name

Bradley (sometimes shortened to Brad) is the first name of several notable people:

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Name Bradley - Origin and Meaning of Bradley". Male & Female Names: A Dictionary of Names. Name Meanings & Name Origins ( Retrieved 1 November 2017. 

External links

  • The dictionary definition of Bradley at Wiktionary