Last name origins & meanings:
- English: status name for a steward or official, Middle English
bail(l)i (Old French baillis, from Late Latin
baiulivus, an adjectival derivative of baiulus
‘attendant’, ‘carrier’ ‘porter’).
- English: topographic name for someone who
lived by the outer wall of a castle, Middle English bail(l)y,
baile ‘outer courtyard of a castle’, from Old French
bail(le) ‘enclosure’, a derivative of bailer ‘to
enclose’, a word of unknown origin. This term became a place name in
its own right, denoting a district beside a fortification or wall, as
in the case of the Old Bailey in London, which formed part of the
early medieval outer wall of the city.
- English: habitational name from
Bailey in Lancashire, named with Old English beg ‘berry’ +
lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
- English: Anglicized form of
- English: The surname Bailey was established early on in North America by
several different bearers; one of them, James Bailey, was one of the
founders of Rowley, MA.
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