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 (#66 out of 150436, 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 (usage of 0.448%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.3292%, down 26.5%), 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)