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Bradley Family History

Bradley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places throughout England named Bradley from Old English brād ‘broad’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Scottish: habitational name from Braidlie in Roxburghshire. Irish (Ulster): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Brolcháin ‘descendant of Brolacháin’ a diminutive of the personal name Brólach compare Brawley . This was a learned family.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Badley, Bramley, Radley, Brailey, Bradney, Barley, Crawley, Bailey

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Where is the Bradley family from?

You can see how Bradley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bradley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bradley families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,740 Bradley families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Bradley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bradley families in 1911.
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What did your Bradley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Bradley. 32% of Bradley men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Bradley women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bradley were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Operator
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 99,000 immigration records available for the last name Bradley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 170,000 military records available for the last name Bradley. For the veterans among your Bradley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bradley lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bradley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bradley in 1942 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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