What does Bailey mean?
Bailey \ba(i)-ley\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Bailey) is pronounced BAY-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bailey is "berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification". Occupational name. Initial popularity of Bailey was due to a character in the 1980s television series "WKRP in Cincinnati".
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Cayla.
Bailey has 1 masculine form: Bay.
Bailey is a very prominent first name for women (#1836 out of 4276, Top 43%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#60 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Bailey for girls. Bailey entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak rank of #60 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is presently at #104. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Baylee (#361 in 2014), Bailee (#560), Cayla, Bayleigh and Baylie are the prominent varying forms of Bailey (#104 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its highest in 1997 and has become significantly less since, with the version Cayla becoming less in vogue. Baylee (#361), Bailee (#560) and Bailey (#104) are three of the more chic girl names among these. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Bailey and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Bailey▲ is alike in pronunciation to Baila, Bilee, Billey and Billy▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Cailey, Hailey▲, Kailey▲ and Railey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bailey.