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Bay (boy)

What does Bay mean?

Bay Pronunciation of Bay [bay] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Bay). Geography name: an indentation of land in a coastline. Also generally a short form of Bailey, although it is sometimes used as an independent given name.

Affiliated boy name: Bayard.


6 alternative forms via Bailey: Bail, Baily, Baley, Baylee, Bayley and Bayly.

Creative forms:
(male) Bary, Baxy, ..

(female) Bace, Baly, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bay Hudson (B.H.), ..

How popular is Bay?

Bay is an uncommon first name for men 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 boy names. Prominent related forms of Bay (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Bailey (#1503 the previous year), Bayley, Baylee, Bayard and Baily. Other variants, like Baley, are seldom used. These relations of Bay were at the apex of their popularity 18 years ago (adoption of 0.13%) and have become much less common since (adoption 0.01%, 95.7%). (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Bay is pronounced similarly to Bayou, Beau, Bo, Boe and Bow. Other suggested similar names are Ban, Bar, Bat, Bax, Baz, Bly, Bray, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay, Ray, Tay and Way. These names tend to be more frequently used than Bay.