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Origins of the Bradley surname

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What does the name Bradley mean?

The origin of the Bradley surname is English. It has geographic roots, and refers to those people who are from a place named Bradley/Broad ley (broad meadow) and variants. There are many locations with names of this nature found across England in a number of counties, any one of which could be considered the natural home of people with this surname.

Alternative variations of the name Bradley

Bradley, Braddley, Bradleye, Bratley, Bradlie

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Where do most Bradleys live?

In 1921, most Bradleys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Bradleys

How common is your surname?

133rd most common surname in the UK

We have 249,000 records for the Bradley surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Bradleys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Bradley first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Bradleys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Bradleys in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Bradleys in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




Farm Labourer


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