Last name: Bailey

This most interesting surname has three distinct origins. Firstly it can be an occupational name for a steward or official from the Old French "baillis" or "bailif", and middle English "bail(l)". The word survives in Scotland as "bailie", the title of a municipal magistrate, but in England has developed into "bailiff", an officer of the court. The second source is topographical, denoting one who lived by the outermost wall of a castle or fortified town from the middle English "bail(l)y" as can be seen in the case of the Old Bailey in London which was part of the early medieval walls. Thirdly, the surname can be locational, from "Bailey", in Lancashire which means "berry wood". One Roger le Baylly appeared in the Suffolk Pipe Rolls in 1230, while the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire recorded a Ralph de Baylegh in 1246. Walter Bayley (1529-1593) educated at Winchester and fellow of Oxford, was Queen Elizabeth's physician. One William Butterworth Bayley (1782-1860) an Anglo-Indian, was educated at Eton and rose to the rank of Governor-general of India (1828-1830), he later became a director of the East India Company. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger le Baylly, which was dated 1230, in the Suffolk Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "the Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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christoperjbailey
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Gerard Bailey Burwell
Wow this page really is helpful...

PRBelfield
I was born a Bailey and it seems to me, judging from the comments, that there are a lot of Baileys who don't know how to spell!

Richard D Bailey
I am a Bailey whose father grew up in Hartford, CT. I now live about 15 miles north of Plymouth, MA. At the end of my street is an old cemetery. Some headstones go back to the 1600's. There are Bailey's galore in there. Nearly all were born in England earlier in the 17th century. Most seem to be from the area of Stratford, England. Bailey is one of the oldest names in America. By the way... how many people were aware that one use of the world Bailey is the courtyard of the ancient English castles - Including Windsor Castle - which were designed shortly after the Norman invasion of 1066. They are known as 'Motte and Bailey' castles. My e-mail is rdb@rdbailey.com. I would be happy to walk down the street to the old Grove Cemetery and take pictures and send them. It is a great family name. be proud of it.

dave bailey
Hi im dave bailey from Staffordshire in the uk. Looking to trace my family tree. Any advice would be great. Thanks hope to hear soon!

suzanne bailey
hya there dave.i am also from and still in staffordshire.my dads name was kenneth bailey and has always lived in the stoke on trent area of staffordshire,any relation do you think?

Roger
My supervisor is a Bailey. Hope to know more.

Nate Bailey
I was born a Bailey here in Michigan. My family is massive on both sides, but the Bailey name is somewhat scarce among them. However, every single Bailey in my family, including myself, is a business owner. My dad owns a real estate firm, mom owns a propane company, brother owns a property management business, uncle owns a pet store, cousin owns a restaurant, and I own a web design firm. We Baileys are also a bit of a legend around here for being the most brutally honest people you'll ever meet.

Anyone else have a similar feeling about being a Bailey?

BILL BAILEY
BAILEY FROM KELSO WA... MY FATHER WAS DUANE BAILEY..

Ronald Lynn Bailey US AIR FORCE (retired) Educator, (retired)
My father, James Albert Bailey was born in Indian Territory, 1907before statehood. Grandfather, William Jasper Bailey, came from Arkansaw. Don't know much beyond that. Quite interested in more information.

Sandy
I challenged HSH Douglas Bailey claim of Clan Chief of the Bailey's , that he had no right to claim such a tittle.and is NOT recognize. It is a cult and he is a fake ! Don't believe me ..ask the House of Lords.

Sue Bailey

I was born a Bailey in Reading, Berkshire, England. As far as I know my descendants were only labourers and have been in the Berkshire since 1800's.

William Kerry Bailey

I am a Bailey born in Mooresville North Carolina. I am trying to find which country my family is from. Anybody with any information send me an E mail williambailey59@yahoo.com.

Deanna Lambert

I am also a Bailey, My great Grandfather came from Ireland. I need so much help in locating and determining ancestry. Thanks

eunice bailey

i was told my ancestors originated in Staffordshire,England, my ancestors settled in Newfoundland and Labrador

Corey L. Bailey

I assume that Baileys, regardless the genetic relation, are strung about all over the British Isles and North America. I am a Bailey from Mississippi, USA.

Ricki Bailey Campbell

I am a Bailey... and have been using Ancestry.com to track my Bailey side of the family.. From what I can tell so far is starting in England, to Salem, Mass. to the Carolinas to Georgia and onto Texas then Oklahoma and onto Arizona, I live in Oklahoma, much of the Bailey's are in or around Duncan/Davis, Oklahoma and Arizona. I live in Oklahoma... I to am interested in anyone who has some info on the Bailey ancestry and name...

Berkley A. Savage Jr.

My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Bailey. She hailed from the Eastern shore of Maryland. Her father was first cousins to Frederick Douglass (Bailey). Is this slave owning family (Bailey) family from England, or Ireland?

Lee Collum

My given name at birth was Kenneth Mark Bailey,my name was changed after being adopted at 2 months old in Jan. 1960.i would like to find out more about my family i believe some to be in Mississippi,and maybe to learn more about family origin and background,