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What does Bailey mean?

Bailey Pronunciation of Bailey 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)


VARIANTS Bail, Bailee, Baileigh, Bailie, Baillee, Baillie, Baily, Baley, Baylee, Bayley, Bayly





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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 #1386 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Baily, Baylee and Bayley are the popular varying forms of Bailey (#1386 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-sounding 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.

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