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What does Bailey mean?

Bailey /bai-ley/ 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.

Associated with: old english, clearing (meadow), surname, occupational, law (just)


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:
(male) Baikey, Barley, ..

(female) Bailin, Bailo, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Bailey for boys. Bailey reached its apex position of #151 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is at #1308 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bailey name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the history of Bailey and related names. Bayley, Baily and Baylee are the popular varying forms of Bailey (#1308 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Bailey was widespread among parents 2 decades ago (adoption of 0.13%) and has become significantly less since (adoption 0.01%, down 95%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bailey, Baily, Baylee, Bayley in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Bailey is alike in pronunciation to Bala, Balu and Billy. Other suggested similar names are Bailby (see Balbo), Bailer, Bailor, Bale, Barcley, Barkley, Barney, Barrey, Bartley, Basile, Baxlea (see Baxley), Baxlee, Baxley, Baxly, Baylen, Bayler, Beale, Bealle, Beasley, Beiler, Bill, Bille, Birley, Bly, Bosley, Bradley, Branley, Brawley, Briley, Brily (see Briley), Brinley, Bryley (see Briley), Burley, Byrley, Caile, Cailey, Caily, Caley, Carley, Daicey, Daile, Dailey, Daily, Daley, Dawley, Earley, Farley, Gaile, Hadley, Hagley, Hailey, Halley, Hanley, Harley, Hawley, Hayley, Jaimey, Kaile, Kaley, Kayley, Kiley, Manley, Marley, Nailer, Oakley, Paisley, Paley, Radley, Rawley, Riley, Vaile and Warley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bailey.