Bailey - Meaning of Bailey
[ 2 syll. bai-ley, ba-il-ey ] The baby girl name Bailey is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced BEY-Liy- †. Bailey is of Old English origin and it is used mainly in English. The name Bailey means 'bailiff; berry wood'. It is derived from baili meaning 'bailiff' ; baiulus 'porter, messenger' ; beg 'berry' ; leah 'wood, clearing, meadow'. It represents the transferred use of the job title and the surname as a given name. See Bailey for more information.
Bailey has 26 forms. Forms of the name include Baeli, Bail, Bailea, Baileah, Bailei, Baili, Bali, Balley, Bayla, Bayle, Baylea, Bayleah, Bayleigh, Bayley, and Bayli. Other English forms include the spelling variants Bailee, Baileigh, Bailie, Bailley, Baillie, Bailly, Baily, Baleigh, Baylee, Baylie, and Bayly.
Bailey is popular as a baby girl name, and it is also regarded as rather trendy. At the modest peak of its usage in 1997, 0.263% of baby girls were named Bailey. It had a ranking of #65 then. The baby name has suffered a marked drop in frequency since then. In 2012, it ranked at #79 with a usage of 0.176%, having regained its popularity somewhat in the recent decade. Out of all girl names in its family, Bailey was the most popular. Bailey was 4 times more widely used than the 2nd most popular name, Baylee, in 2012. Though there were times prior to 2005 when more boys than baby girls were given the name Bailey, the name is today more frequently used for baby girls. There were 19 times more baby girls than boys who were named Bailey in 2010.
Baby names that sound like Bailey include Bailea, Bailee, Baileigh, Baili, Bailie, Bailley, Baillie, Bailly, Baily, Baleigh, Baylee, Bayley, Bayli, Baylie, Bayly, Baalah, Bailei, Bala, Balah, and Bali.
† Pronunciation for Bailey: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"