Among the famous Bradleys—Pitt, Cooper, Paisley—it’s hard to think of them relating to a “broad meadow,” but that’s how the name translates from a British surname. (Remove the “o” from “broad,” and you’ve got “brad meadow.”) US parents started using it as a first name even before England, in the late 1940s, possibly in honor of the World War II hero Gen. Omar Bradley. No wonder “industrious” and “hard-working” are associated with the name. Though its popularity has waned since its heyday in the 1970s and '80s, it has also become a cute name for girls.
Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
- Bill BradleyBasketball Player
- Bradley BealBasketball Player
- Bradley CooperActor
- Bradley WhitfordActor
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