Bailey Family History

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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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Bailey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bailey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bailey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Bailey Family Origin

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Bailey Family Occupations

What did your Bailey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bailey occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Bailey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bailey family was Carpenter. Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bailey.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Carpenter


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Bailey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Bailey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bailey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Bailey Life Expectancy

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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