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What does the name Bailey mean?

The Bailey surname is English in origin, coming from the Anglo-French 'bailler' (to deliver). Bailey is an occupational surname, used most prevalently as a description of a bailiff, or steward. Less often, Bailey sometimes could also be attached to those who live near a castle or stronghold.

The earliest occurrence of the Bailey surname in our family history documents is from 1472, and we currently have 2,592,354 records where Bailey appears.

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