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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English brād (broad) + byriġ, the dative case of burg (fortified place).

Proper noun[edit]

Bradbury (countable and uncountable, plural Bradburys)

  1. (uncountable) A placename:
    1. A village in Bradbury and the Isle parish, County Durham, England (OS grid ref NZ3128).
    2. A city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.
    3. A township in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States.
    4. A suburb in the City of Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia.
  2. A habitational surname from Old English.
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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Bradbury is the 4343rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 8172 individuals. Bradbury is most common among White (93.26%) individuals.

Etymology 2[edit]

So named as banknotes had the signature of Sir John Bradbury, secretary to the Treasury c.1914.


Bradbury (plural Bradburys)

  1. (UK, slang) A British banknote issued during WW I in denominations of £1 or 10 shillings.
    • 1920, Sapper, Bulldog Drummond[1]:
      "And the contents of my cigarette-case are half a dozen gaspers, and a ten-bob Bradbury patched together with stamp paper!"
    • 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
      "Well, the price of a drink will do as well. If you've got a Bradbury about you I could do with it, for there's nothing coming my way." Tom Linden took a pound note from his desk.
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