This name derives from the Anglo-Saxon surname “Bradeford”, composed of two elements: from the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) “brād” (broad, flat, open, extended), plus “ford” (ford). The name means “broad ford”. It particularly refers to those from the town of Bradford, West Yorkshire). The name Bradford is referred to a crossing of the Bradford Beck at Church Bank below the site of Bradford Cathedral, around which a settlement grew in Saxon times. It was recorded as "Bradeford" in 1086.