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Quick Facts on Bailey

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Bailey

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bailey

Bailey is the transferred use of a medieval English surname derived from either an occupation name or one of two place names. From an occupational perspective, Bailey developed from the Old French word “baillif” which was used to signify a steward or an administrative official (i.e., a bailiff, an officer of the court). The place name origin comes from the Middle English word “bail(l)y” which indicated one who lived by a fortified town or near the walls of a castle. The other location-based origin comes from the town of Bailey in Lancashire, which gets its name from the Olde English words “bēg” (berry) and “lēah” (wood, clearing). In this case, the surname would have been given to one who hailed from or dwelled near a settlement built in a meadow cleared of berry shrubs. The first recoded spelling of this English surname was rendered as Baylly and appeared in the 13th century. Baylegh and Bayley were also earlier versions of Bailey. It’s not clear when Bailey was adopted as a personal given name. It’s currently a Top 100 name choice for baby boys in England and Australia, but the reverse is true in America where the name is almost exclusively considered female.

Popularity of the Name Bailey

The name Bailey is still technically considered unisex in the United States, although it is used with far greater frequency on baby girls compared to boys. In fact, as a boy’s name, Bailey fell off America’s Top 1000 list in 2010 which means it is now only rarely given to the male persuasion. On the other hand, for girls, Bailey is going strong as a Top 100 nationwide pick. On the female naming charts, Bailey made her first appearance in 1978 and by 1995 she was a Top 100 favorite. Her highest point on the charts came in 1998 at position #60. Today Bailey remains a favored choice in names, but it most likely attractive to the laid-back, casual parent. Bailey reminds us of names like Marley and Rylie – they are cutesy, youthful and friendly – definitely not choices for the sophisticated or traditional parent. Bailey is just far too informal. You should also consider the fact that your child Bailey is likely to meet many more dogs with her name in his/her life time than fellow Homo sapiens. Bailey is an extremely common name for our four-legged friends.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Bailey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bailey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Bailey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bailey

    Bailey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Bailey.

  • Popular Songs on Bailey

    Popular Songs on Bailey

    Bailey - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the first name Bailey.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bailey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bailey

    Bailey (Harry Bliss) - Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics. Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey's homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all. In this funny new book from the bestselling children's illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing - and making friends! Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Bailey at the Museum (Harry Bliss) - Bailey is very excited about the school trip to the Museum of Natural History. After all, he loves to dig up bones even more than an archeologist! And besides bones, there's lots of fun to be had with tepees, totem poles, and dinosaur skeletons. Bailey's classmates never know what will happen next: maybe that's why the museum guard becomes Bailey's special partner. Bailey is a character that every picture-book age kid wants to read about and his humor and charm will keep everyone giggling. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Bailey Goes Camping (Kevin Henkes) - Bailey doesn't get to go on the trip with his older brother and sister, but discovers that some of camping's pleasures can be had at home. Recommended for age 2-6.

    Granny Torrelli Makes Soup (Sharon Creech) - Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her warm words and family recipes. She understands from experience that life's twists and turns can't rattle the unique bond between two lifelong pals. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech cooks up a delightfully tender novel, filled with homemade dishes and secret recipes. It's easy to remember what's important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Bailey

    Famous People Named Bailey

    Famous People Named Bailey - Bailey Howell (basketball player); Bailey Chase (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Bailey

    Children of Famous People Named Bailey

    Famous People who Named their Child Bailey - Anthony Edwards (actor, has a son named Bailey); Melissa Etheridge (musician, daughter named Bailey Jean); Scott Baio (actor, daughter named Bailey); Tracey Gold (actress, has a son named Bailey Vincent); Bill Bellamy (actor/comic); Brian Littrell (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Bailey - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Bailey - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Bailey.

Personality of the Unisex Name Bailey

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Bailey

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