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What does Bay mean?

Bay Pronunciation of Bay [bay] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Bay) is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Bay is "berry". Geography name: an indentation of land in a coastline. Also a plant name: the term "bay" is used for several different types of trees, including the bay laurel, whose leaves are used as a herb and flavouring agent, and were also twined into wreaths by the Greeks, to crown victors. See also Laurel, Juniper, and Cinnamon.

Associated with: greeks, crown (queen).


Creative forms:
(female) Bary, Blay, ..

(male) Bayar, Bley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bay Mazie (B.M.), ..

How popular is Bay?

Bay is a rare given name for women but a very popular surname for all people (#5071 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Bay (not in Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Cinnamon, Juniper (#429 the previous year) and Laurel (#772). These forms of Bay were popular with parents presently (usage of 0.05%). Laurel is the steady favorite, though Juniper has become popular as well over time. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cinnamon, Juniper, Laurel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bay and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bay is alike in pronunciation to Bao, Bea, Beah, Beau, Bee, Beea and Bo. Other suggested similar names are Bab, Bat, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay, May and Ray. These names tend to be more frequently used than Bay.

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