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Bay Name Meaning
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).English: from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Beaga (masculine) or Beage (feminine).Scottish: reduced form of McBeth.German: from the Germanic personal name Baio.The name is also found in Denmark and Norway, where it may be a short form of German Bayer or from baygh, originally a loan word from French denoting a type of fabric.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Bay Families

  • Number of Bay families
     60 - 117
     21 - 59
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bay families
     53 - 104
     18 - 52
     1 - 17
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bay families
     4 - 6
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bay Family Origin

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Bay Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bay

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Bay Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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