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The BRADLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 131,289 200 0.049 487
United States (1880 census) 31,625 160 0.063 632
Change since 1880 +99664 -40 -0.014 -145
Other Countries
Australia 5,755 235 0.035 352
United Kingdom 38,418 118 0.084 836
Top States for BRADLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 9,137 351 0.027 270
Texas 8,611 284 0.041 413
Florida 8,328 198 0.052 521
North Carolina 5,978 153 0.074 743
Pennsylvania 5,969 157 0.049 486
Top States for BRADLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 864 86 0.110 1,103
South Carolina 4,153 121 0.104 1,035
Arkansas 2,343 116 0.088 876
Alabama 3,853 164 0.087 866
Tennessee 4,802 147 0.084 844


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BRADLEY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BRADLEY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BRADLEY in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BRADLEY by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BRADLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BRADLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BRADLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BRADLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 525 0.4
White (Caucasian) 93,491 71.21
Black/African American 32,021 24.39
Mixed Race 2,127 1.62
White (Hispanic) 2,048 1.56
Native American/Alaskan 1,077 0.82

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BRADLEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BRADLEY in historical publications

BRADLEY. Parishes, Src, in cos. Berks, Chester, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Hants, Stafford, &c.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BRADLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BRADLEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BRADLEY

The following words are slight variants of BRADLEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.