Bailey Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Bailey:
Derived from the Old French baili (administrator, manager), which is derived from bailif (an officer of justice, a warrant officer).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Bay, Lee, Baileybear, B, Bealili (pronounced bee-a-LEE-lee), Leabs, Baileybee, Beebs, Beebop, Bailey-Maker
- Meanings and history of the name Bailey
Bailey is an Irish, English and Scottish surname. It could have originated as an occupational name referring to a crown official or officer of the king in county or town or a keeper of a royal building or house--a person of high rank. It is from the Old French for "bailiff" and/or the Scottish term "bailie," a municipal officer corresponding to an English alderman.
The occupational title "bailiff", meaning an officer in a court of justice, comes from the same root as Bailey.
The word Bailey also referred to the outer wall of a feudal castle or space immediately within the wall, and it could have been a geographical surname for someone who lived near the outer wall of a feudal castle.
The name Bailey also referrs to a prison or a court of justice, as seen in certain proper names such as the "Old Bailey" in London.
The name is in use for both boys and girls in the United States. Bailey was the 666th most popular name for American boys born in 2007 and the 83rd most popular name for American girls. It was most popular for boys in the late 1990s, when it ranked among the top 200 names. Bailey was the 70th most popular name for boys born in England and Wales in 2007 and was the 91st most popular name for boys born in Scotland in 2006.
- Famous real-life people named Bailey
Bailey Kay Martinez : granddaughter of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan
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Bailey Baio, daughter of Scott Baio
Bailey Ryon, American actress (in Matilda the Musical)
Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (b. 2006), daughter of English fashion designer Stella McCartney and British publisher Alasdhair Willis
Bailey Deluca Baio (b. 2007), daughter of American actor and television director Scott Baio
Bailey Ballinger (b.2007), niece of Youtuber Coleen Ballinger
- Bailey in song, story & screen
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Bailey Pickett is the name of a female teen character in the Disney Channel's show "The Suite Life on Deck."
Miranda Bailey is the name of a female surgeon character, portrayed by Chandra Wilson, on the show "Grey's Anatomy."
Bailey's Billion$ is a children's film about a dog who inherits his owner's fortune.
Bailey Quarters was a character on the television sitcom, WKRP in Cincinnati.
Derek Bailey Shepherd is the son of Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd on the show "Grey's Anatomy"