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What does Bailey mean?

Bailey /bai-ley/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' name Bailey) is pronounced BAY-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bailey is "berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification". Place name and transferred use of the surname. Occupational name: in the Middle Ages, a bailiff was a minor official of the law.


Bailey has 11 variants: Bail, Bailee, Baileigh, Bailie, Baillee, Baillie, Baily, Baley, Baylee, Bayley and Bayly.

Affiliated boy name: Bay.

Bailey has 1 feminine form: Cayla.

Kreatif forms: Baikey, Bailio, Balley. [more]

How popular is Bailey?

Bailey is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#66 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Bailey for boys. Bailey reached its apex position of #151 in the U.S. in the year 1997, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bailey name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bailey outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bailey is alike in pronunciation to Billy. Other suggested similar baby names are Bailby, Bailer, Bale, Baxley, Briley, Cailey, Dailey and Hailey. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bailey.