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Bailey Name Meaning

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’). 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. habitational name from Bailey in Lancashire, named with Old English beg ‘berry’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Anglicized form of French Bailly.

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

Similar surnames: Barley, Bailes, Bagley, Batley, Baile, Gailey, Badley, Brailey, Paley

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Where is the Bailey family from?

You can see how Bailey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bailey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bailey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 466 Bailey families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Bailey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bailey families in 1840.
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What did your Bailey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bailey. 16% of Bailey men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Bailey women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bailey were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 138,000 immigration records available for the last name Bailey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 307,000 military records available for the last name Bailey. For the veterans among your Bailey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bailey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bailey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bailey in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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