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What does Bayard mean?

Bayard Pronunciation of Bayard as a boys' name is pronounced BAY-erd. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Bayard is "auburn-haired". Seigneur de Bayard, "the irreproachable and fearless", was a 16th-century French knight and national hero renowned for his valor and purity of heart. In French medieval legend, Bayard (or Baiardo, or Bajardo) is a magical horse given to the hero Rinaldo. The horse was a bright bay color. In America, three generations of Bayards were Senators from Delaware in the 18th and 19th centuries.


ASSOCIATED WITH 16th century, knight (warrior), hero, renowned (famous), valor (brave), medieval, legend (mythology), magical, bright, bay (tree), 18th century, 19th century


VARIANTS Baiardo, Bajardo, Bay, Baylen



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How popular is Bayard?

Bayard is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#17483 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Bayard was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #1442 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Baylen is the only other popular related form of Bayard. These relations of Bayard were popular as birth names in 2010 (AVERAGE #1889).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bayard, Baylen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bayard and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bayard is pronounced similarly to Baird, Bard, Barde, Bayerd, Bayrd, Bird and Byrd. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adalard, Adlard, Alhard (see Allard), Aliard, Asgard, Ballard, Bar, Barak, Baram, Barbar, Bardo, Barend, Barnard, Barr, Barra, Barrt, Bart, Baylee, Bayne, Bear, Bearnard, Bjarn, Bogaerd, Bonar, Boyd, Brad, Bradd, Braynard, Brevard, Buford, Burgard, Byrn, Card, Dainard, Daneard, Daynard (see Dainard), Eckard, Eduard, Edward, Erhard, Eudard, Evrard, Gallard, Garrard, Gearard (see Gerard), Godard, Gyrd, Halward, Haward, Hayward, Hazard, Hazzard, Hobard, Jarard, Jayar, Jerard, Kaird, Lenard, Maynard, Maynhard, Menard, Packard, Raynard, Renard, Reynard, Rudyard, Seward and Siward. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bayard.

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