Bayley is a gender-neutral given name and surname of English origin. It’s a variant spelling of Bailey, a surname deriving from the Middle English word baili, meaning “bailiff.” Once an occupational surname given to stewards and officials, Bailey first came into use as a given name in the US in the 19th century. It was initially mostly used for boys, but in the 1980s it became popular as a girl’s name. Bayley is a fresh, modern spelling of the name, probably inspired by Hayley.
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