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.
Affiliated boy name: Bay.
1 feminine form: Cayla.Creative forms:
(male) Baikey, Barley, ..
(female) Bailin, Bailo, .. Middle name pairings:
Bailey Phoenix (B.P.), ..
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)
Bailey reached its apex position of #151 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is at #1503 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Bayley, Baily and Baylee are the popular varying forms of Bailey (#1503 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 96%).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.