Bailey - boys name

Bailey name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Bailey name meaning:

The name Bailey is of English origin and has multiple meanings. It is derived from the Old English word "bailey," which means "bailiff" or "law enforcer." In medieval times, a bailey was a person who had the responsibility of managing the day-to-day operations of a castle or manor. Hence, the name Bailey is associated with qualities such as leadership, responsibility, and the ability to maintain order.

Bailey is often used as a surname, but it has gained popularity as a given name for boys in recent years. It is a unisex name, meaning it can be used for both boys and girls, but it is more commonly used for boys. The name Bailey can also evoke a sense of strength and toughness, as it is reminiscent of the word "bailiwick," which refers to an area of jurisdiction or authority.

Overall, the name Bailey carries connotations of authority, responsibility, and strength. It is a versatile name that can suit a wide range of personalities, and it has a historical charm that adds depth to its meaning.

Origin: German



Surnames, Unisex names

Related names

Bailey , Bailie , Baillie, Baily, Bayly

Other boys names beginning with B


Overall UK ranking: 238 out of 4789

213 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (262)

Historical popularity of Bailey

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