Of English origin.
It was a surname, deriving from a place name, meaning “broad clearing” in Old English.
It was used as a given name firstly in the United States.
Bradley was one of the major characters in the Charles Dickens’ novel “Our Mutual Friend”.
It was a popular name during the 60s in the U.S.A.
Diminutive is Brad.
Famous bearers are Bradley Cooper, Bradley Beal, Bradley James, Bradley Whitford, Bradley Walsh, Bradley Gregg, Bradley Wiggins.
American actor Bradley Cooper started gaining wide recognition when he was casted a role in the spy-action television series “Alias”.
He came to prominence through the “Hangover” trilogy and in his career so far has won several Critics Choice and Hollywood Film Awards. He has four Academy Awards and one Tony nominations.