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The Bailey Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Bailey name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Bailey name. As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (Irish Bailey), by time period (18th Century Bailey), or by topic (Bailey DNA, Bailey Occupations, Bailey Military, Bailey Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.


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. My concentration has been on the Pennsylvania Bailey Pioneer linage, but I invite other linages. So far, I have identified and mapped An Irish linage (Quaker and Refugees), German/Swiss (Amish) and English (Quaker). Another Pioneer linages are Massachusetts (Puritan) and Virginia (Jamestown) and I am sure there are others. The Bailey surname has been recorded under different variations: Baehli, Baillie, Bailie, Bayly, Bayley, Baley, Ballye, and Bayyllie.

The first portal will record the name among other Bailey’s for easy reference back to them, and to follow lead of family members by birth and death place. The second portal gives you access to Watchlist Page. Originally when I started I had thought to limit my scope on just Centre County, Pennsylvania and the town of Baileyville, but through the years my interest and study has expanded to include all of Pennsylvania. However, I invite others, from other areas to participate, if they so desire Please feel to contribute anything you wish (including Correction to the Name Study, no matter the linage or family origins.

Please contact the project leader Lawrence Bailey or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

BAILEY Surname Meaning & Origin

An occupational surname of English origin.A status name for a steward, Viscount, Sheriff, crown official or officer of the king in county or town. Keeper of a royal building or house. A person of high rank. From Middle English bail(l)i (Old French baillis, for "bailiff", bail(le) ‘enclosure’, a derivative of bailer ‘to enclose’ from Late Latin baiulivus, an adjectival derivative of baiulus ‘attendant’, ‘carrier’ porter’) and/or the Scottish term "bailie," a municipal officer corresponding to an English alderman. 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. The name reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. Some Bailey’s moved to Ireland and Scotland.Bailey = Gaelic Mac an Bháilidh.(This is Irish form. Scots form just reverse pronounciation mark). This family originated in the Clogher / Aughnacloy area of County Tyrone, Ireland about 1750. Some descendant lines are known in England and in Australia - New South Wales, Queensland and California U.S.A. to the present. They were some of the earliest settlers of North America escaping the political and religious uncertainty of England in the 17th century, Bailey Pennsylvania linage can also be traced to Germany and Switzerland under the name Baehli. The Baehli (Bahl) family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. The surname Bahl was given to someone who lived in the village of Balbach in Franconia. however, the Bahl family rapidly expanded into other parts of Germany, branching into numerous autonomous houses. The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, The Bailey surname has been recorded under different variations: Baehli, Baillie, Bailie, Bayly, Bayley, Baley, Ballye, and Bayyllie.

Bailey: Ancestral Birth Places:

Germany, Switzerland, Tonevane, County Kerry, Ireland, Coleorton, Leicestershire, England, Bromham, Wiltshire, England, County Galway, Ireland, Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland,

Towns Named After Surname Bailey

Baileyville, Centre County, Pennsylvania Ballybay, County Monaghan,Ireland Baileyville, Illinois Baileyville, Texas Baileyville, Maine, United States Bailey's Paint, Newfoundland, canada


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Pennsylvania Baileys

Appalachia: Centre County is in Appalachia (see the Pennsylvania table of Appalachian counties on WikiTree's space page, Counties of Appalachia). If you Pennsylvania Bailey was born or lived in Centre County, or another Appalachian county, you can add the following category or one of the stickers (which will add the category) in addition to the location category (e.g., Category:Centre County, Pennsylvania):
Pennsylvania also has a sticker - see details on its template page: Template: Pennsylvania Sticker

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John Lee Bailey 1888-1965, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Looking for info on his Mother Clara Bailey 1863-1915. and father. Thanks in advance for any help
posted by Lyn Jester
I have added what additional information I have to the bailey-32164 profile, including two additional source information you may want to pursure- LWB
posted by Lawrence Bailey
I cracked the Bailey code if anyone is intrigued...

It was blended with Christie's Will Armstrong transplanted to Ulster by King James from Scotland Border with England. The Armstrong Clan spread out and ended up mainly where all of you referred.. but cousins! It's way bigger than that. Start looking more west as well. The Ozarks. Pennsylvania, Virginia in Yorktown, Jamestown, then find it a forest named after Samuel Langdon Clemens. It's OZ and hidden is the Ark. Oh and where did Lafayette line really go? What about Astor? The Naval Orange 🍊

posted by Jacob Bailey
Nathanial Bailey (son of William Nathanial Bailey - born in Ballybay) also served in the Revolutionary War in the North Carolina Line. Can't ever count out the Scots-Irish when it comes to a fight with the British. Many Baileys were clustered between Abbeyville SC and Edisto Island SC with land grants awarded to protestants fleeing Ireland. I'm off to Ireland this Wednesday and will visit BallyBay. There appears to be Bailies buried there in the Christ Church Graveyard.
posted by Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey: my Baileys trace to Ballybay, Ireland (William and Nathanial to name a few). Assume we were part of the Ulster Plantation Movement, arriving in Ireland from England sometime in the 1500s. Then migrated to what is now South Carolina (Abbyville/Charleston) in 1756. Intermarried with Thacker, Sawyer and Parks families to name a few. After Revolutionary War generally moved west via Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
posted by Martin Bailey
Thank You for your posting I intend to research all the town name after the surname Bailey. My ancestor Richard Bailey (abt. 1735 - 1811), migrated possibly from County Monaghan, Ireland also to Pennsylvania in 1770 Richard fought in the Revolutionary War on the side of the Colonies. Founded the town of Baileyville Centre County Pa. 1798 See: Bailey-12005
posted by Lawrence Bailey
Adding some Newfoundland Baileys; not sure if it’s required to join the name study or not, but I will start putting the Bailey name study stickers to the people with the last name Bailey as I enter. Just doing the one line for a friend.
posted by Mary (Odgers) Wandler
No Problem. Please add anything you think apprpriate.
posted by Lawrence Bailey
Hi! I'm a Bailey from Pennsylvania. I can trace my ancestors back 11 generations to Nicholas Bailey or Bayley of England.
posted by Benjamin Bailey