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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Typical jobs for Baileys
Hard-working people, the Baileys. 2657 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Baileys lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Bailey in Lancashire.
Baileys’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Baileys were angels, apparently. We found 2703 in criminal records.
Baileys in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4088 Baileys served in the First World War.