Bradford boy

First name origin & meaning:

Old English: Broad meadow

First name variations: Brad, Brady, Braid, Braddlea, Braddlee, Braddleigh, Braddli, Braddlie, Braddly, Bradleigh, Bradlie, Braddley, Bradlay, Bradley

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: habitational name from any of the many places, large and small, called Bradford; in particular the city in West Yorkshire, which originally rose to prosperity as a wool town. There are others in Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Greater Manchester, Norfolk, Somerset, and elsewhere. They are all named with Old English brād ‘broad’ + ford ‘ford’.
  2. This name was brought independently to North American by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. William Bradford (1590–1657), born in Austerfield in South Yorkshire, England, the son of a yeoman farmer, was among the Pilgrim Fathers who emigrated to America on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a signer of the Mayflower Compact and in 1621 he was elected governor of Plymouth colony, being re-elected thirty times.
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