What does Bailey mean?
Bailey [bai-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".
Related girl name: Cayla.
Bailey has 1 masculine form: Bay.Creative forms:
(female) Beauley, Beley, ..
(male) Baikey, Bailin, .. Middle name pairings:
Bailey Adalee (B.A.), ..
How popular is Bailey?
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. Demographics)
Charted below is the baby name history 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 #108. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Baylee (#406 in recent rankings), Bailee (#552), Bayleigh (#1066), Cayla (#1731), Baylie, Bayley, Baleigh, Baileigh, Bailie and Baily are the prominent varying forms of Bailey (#108 in recent rankings) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Bailey was widespread among parents in 1998 (median #1113) and is somewhat lower today (#1442, ▼39.7%), with the version Cayla going out of style. Baylee and Bailee are two of the more chic girl names among these.
Bailey is alike in pronunciation to Baila, Bilee, Billa, Billee, Billey, Billi, Billy and Billye. Other suggested similar names are Ailey, Barbey, Basile, Bazile, Belle▼, Bradley, Bridey, Briley, Brily, Briney, Brinley▲, Bryley (see Briley), Cailen, Cailey, Caisey, Caitey, Caley, Calley, Carley▼, Cayley, Daile, Daisey, Earley, Eiley, Emiley, Gaile, Hadley▲, Haeley, Hailea, Hailee, Hailey, Haily, Haley▼, Halley, Harley▲, Hayley▼, Jaimey, Kaeley, Kahley, Kailee, Kailey, Kaitey, Kaley▼, Kalley, Karley, Kayley▼, Kiley▼, Laicey, Laidey, Laily, Lainey▲, Laisey, Maicey, Maisey, Marley▲, Paisley▲, Railey, Rainey, Raley, Rawley, Riley▲, Saidey, Salley, Talley and Valley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bailey.See names in meaning and etymology.