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Meaning and name origin

Bailey \ba(i)-ley\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 variant forms: Bail, Bailee, Baileigh, Bailie, Baillee, Baillie, Baily, Baley, Baylee, Bayley and Bayly.

For more information, see also the related boy name Bay.

There is 1 feminine form of Bailey: Cayla.


Bailey is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#60 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bailey for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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Similar Names

Bailey is also pronounced similarly to Billy. Other suggested similar baby names are Bailby, Bale, Baxley, Cailey, Dailey and Hailey. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bailey.


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