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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Bailey
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Bailey in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Bailey:
Records indicate that 17,285 boys in the United States have been named Bailey since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1997, when 2,294 people in the U.S. were given the name Bailey. Those people are now 23 years old.
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Comments about the name Bailey
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47 Positive Comments
"My son's name is Bailey Zane. Bailey is his grandmother's maiden name on his dad's side and Zane came from my side. We used Bailey for both our girl and boy name since it's unisex- Bailey Abigail if he had been a girl. I wanted him/her to have choices if they didn't want to go by Bailey later on in life. After he was born, a few people asked if he was named after Bailey Sallinger from Party of Five, which I found odd bc he was born in 2001, not during the show's run. I wouldn't have named him that while the show was on. I'm not a fan of jumping on bandwagons. I was afraid I'd continue to hear it, but luckily I didn't. I also heard, "like the Irish cream?" and I would say, "yes, bc I'm an alcoholic."
Like the other posters, he still gets called "she" at the Dr's office even though he's been their patient since he was a baby. Meh, it's not that big of a deal." Apr. 28, 2013:
"My son was born 9/19/96 and I named him Bailey Tate. I got the name from Party of Five as well. I had never heard the name for a girl until he was 5 or 6. I was upset to see so many girls named it because you never want to give kids ammo to tease. He's now 16 and says that nobody has ever made fun of him for it yet :) I love the name for a boy. I still think it's a terrible girl name." Apr. 25, 2012:
"My 13 year old son is Bailey Aidan. We chose it as it is indeed a boys name, popular in Ireland, which expresses his heritage. His nickname is "Bay". I've told him to explain to those who tease that Bailey was originally a boys name, about the Irish tradition and then to counter that it's more "odd" for people to be naming their little girls w/ traditional boys' names like "Bailey", "Jordan", "Michael", etc. I think Baylee or Baileigh for a girl would be nice. Bailey is a BOY name!" Mar. 18, 2012:
"I named my son Dustin Bailey in 1999. My husband & I couldn't agree until I came up with this particular name. I absolutely love it but he(my son) gets very upset (he's 11 yrs old now) when I call him by his middle name. He says he gets teased in school, also because he has 3 girls in his class with the same name & 2 were spelled the same as his. Ive tried telling him his whole life that I found it in a book of baby boy names back in 1999 & as far as I knew, it was a boy name, as he got older I realized it was a unisex name. Also gave him examples of other names that could be boy or girl. He now feels better that I ran across this website to show him others have the same thing in common & that he is not alone. Thank you to those who have posted their opinion & experience with the name "Bailey" xxx PS he says he still likes the middle name Blaze or Flame lol" Jun. 23, 2011:
"My name is also Bailey and im 14, when my friends make fun of me(in a friendly way) they only on rare occasions they say my name is a girls name, but they know its both. I like my name and im fine with it." Mar. 20, 2011:
"My name is Bailey and I'm 14, my mom did the idea from party of five but I did used to think it was an all girl name but I realized it was both" Jan. 21, 2011:
"My pitbulls name is Bailey and I think it is such a wonderful name so people don't worry. I support you. By the way I'm a girl and my name is Angel some people sometimes think thats a boy name lol." Jan. 20, 2011:
"My sons name is bailey.. he is 7 yrs old mow.. i havent heard of anyone making fun of him yet.. I love his name and it fits him.. but I am concerned about him growing to be a 6'8 man say "HI my NAME IS BAILEY" in his deep mainly voice.. lol... JK.. He wears it very well" Nov. 13, 2010:
"We named our son Bailey 19 years ago, because it had been a last name then a middle name on my husbands side. (this was around PartyOfFive time). He was born with red hair, so people thought he was Irish (not!). He is a drummer in a band that is gaining popularity, and we have heard him referred to just by his first name. He loves his name because of its uniqueness. He only had one other Bailey in school.(a girl, for 2 yrs in HS)." Jul. 22, 2010:
"We named our little boy Bailey. My husband and I both thought of a boy when we heard the name Bailey." Jul. 19, 2010:
"My names bailey im 15 and a halfback for my high school football team im pretty popular so people don't really say anything about my name so im fine but if i was unliked at school i would probably get teased and people spell it baily" Jul. 9, 2010:
"My name is Bailey and I'm a 13 year old boy. people spell it baily but I don't mind. I do get called a girl but that's more because I have some pretty long hair but I don't understand why people I have met still judge me." Jun. 7, 2010:
"Love that name baby due in 12 days and if its a boy it will be bailey" May. 26, 2010:
"I love the name Bailey for my baby that is due Oct 3. Everyone says Bailey just like the drink, that's funny. I don't care and that will be his name. any suggestion for middle name?" Apr. 23, 2010:
"My 12 week old son is named Bailey Jaxon, and he also gets Bai for short. I believe that it's a unisex name, however i live in australia and its way more common for boys here!! I couldn't imagine him with any other name, it fits him perfectly!!" Mar. 19, 2010:
"I plan on naming my baby (due oct 19, 2010) Bailey... for a girl or a boy. I believe I will spell it Baylee if it's a girl though. One unique fact about my baby's name is that the last name is George... so it's backwards to the character in it's a wonderful life..." Mar. 17, 2010:
"My son is almost 9 and his name is Bailey. Since it isn't the most masculine name, we gave him a strong middle name to balance it out, Zane. We chose the name Bailey because it is my mother-in-law's maiden name and it's unisex. Regardless of our baby's gender, it would work. If my son had been a girl, his name would've been Bailey Abigail.
When I tell people my son's name is Bailey, the response I most often get is, "like the liqueur?" Lol. Surprisingly enough the Party of Five character hasn't come up for me... yet." Dec. 30, 2009:
"I too like the name Bailey. My boyfriend's name is Bailey, and I don't think it "de-masculinizes" him at all! I believe if anyone ever made fun of him, he'd run them over. Don't mess with my Bailey the Lineman!
For girls I prefer the spelling Bailie or Bayleigh.
For guys I believe Bailey is the way it should be!" Nov. 8, 2009:
"My almost six year old son is named Bailey Joshua. My husband and I love his name. Like the previous poster I do get tired of doctors offices calling him a her. I also wouldn't change his name for the world!!" Sep. 13, 2009:
"Bailey...with the spelling Bailey is for Boys! our son is 7 his name is Bailey Michael... the next time I call to make him an appointment and they ask what "her" birthdate is I think I'll scream! It is so frustrating! I love his name though and I wouldn't change it for the world!
:)" Sep. 11, 2009:
"We name our little boy Bailey...it seemed like such a boy's name to us. It fits him perfect!" Aug. 4, 2009:
"i haved named my son "Bailey" he will be 10 this year he likes his name but what he does not like is when people just assum he is a girl just becouse of his name. my husband and i also wanted a name that was different" Jul. 30, 2009:
"I'm 33yrs,I remember watching party of five and loving the name Bailey, it sounds like a classic but modern english name, and I love the way it rolls of your tongue. Its also a pretty name for a girl, but just wait and see-the boy version will win over the current trendiness.Beverly" Jul. 17, 2009:
"My son is almost six, his name is Bailey. I'm really hoping he won't be made fun of in school." Jul. 15, 2009:
"My male dog has the name Bailey. Everyone asks why I named him a girls name. I always have to explain that it is a unisex name. I love the name Bailey for both male and female. Unfortunately, my Bailey has cancer now :(" Jun. 19, 2009:
"My 12 year old son (12 tomorrow) is named Bailey. He says he is picked on for it but as he gets older I know he will realize what an original and cool name it is. He is the sweetest, funniest, most original kid-Just like his name...Stacy." May. 27, 2009:
"I must admit, as a teenager, I was a Party of Five fan. Now I have a 10 year old caled Bailey. I think it's an original name which shows individuality. Looking at my son, he's difinitely that !!!" Apr. 26, 2009:
"i love that name(:
&& i bet no one
spells it like me(:
-->bayliegh(: so yeah.
&& my bday is june 24(:" Apr. 22, 2009:
"I love the name bailey! My son is the only male i know with this name." Mar. 25, 2009:
"I had a little boy and named him Bailey. His nickname is Bai. I love it. It started out a boy name in the first place until people turned it into a girl name. Just like the name Riley. Girls are stealing it!!!" Dec. 1, 2008:
"My son is called bailey, its original trandy and sets him up to be a right cool little chap" Nov. 28, 2008:
"It's the best boy's name ever. It's really very, very cool and modern." Nov. 8, 2008:
"I love it! I know it's unisex name. I like it for a boy but I moved to the US and it's a LOT more common for a girl here." Sep. 12, 2008:
"I love the name Bailey... for a male's name and a female's name! It can go either way!" Aug. 1, 2008:
"My name is Baylie. And everyone wants to spell it BAILEY!!! I'm a female, and I have met a male with the name "Bailey." I have also met a couple of girls with the name "Bailey," but I have never met someone that spells it the way I do." Aug. 1, 2008:
"My male dog is called bailey and he is a beautiful star." Jun. 16, 2008:
"I love the name Bailey. Since I was very young, I always knew I would have a son first and name him Bailey. My son Bailey is now 6 months old, and thankfully my husband also loves his name." Jun. 15, 2008:
"I've never heard of Bailey for a girl's name. We have chosen it for our baby if it's a boy. I hope now it's not too girly. I know it was Scott in Party of 5's character's name (TV show) and he was hot." Nov. 5, 2007:
"I think its the best name ever. We decided on the name as soon as we saw it." Jun. 14, 2007:
"It's a very modern name and gorgeous for little girls and boys alike. It's such a new and modern name I've real difficulties picturing an elderly person with it! Bailey as a name is NOT that unusual in England anymore, as in my son's primary school there are three children with this name. One of them, a girl, is spelled 'Baylee', though!" Mar. 9, 2007:
"I have a two month old son called Bailey. He is actually named after my late aunt, whose surname was Bailey. Everyone we meet say they love his name and its still very unusual in England." Feb. 18, 2007:
"After finding out me and my girlfriend were going to have a child we searched every namebook to find a name we both loved.As soon as i saw the name and read it out i was hooked and so was my girlfriend.My son is now six and I still love the name,its quite rare in England and everyone always says what a great name it is.I can't imagine his name as anything else!" Feb. 2, 2007:
"my little cousins name is bailey and i like it for a boy now as i am used to it but before he was born i liked it for a girl but its nicer for a boy in my opinion you notice that it is when you call their name" Jul. 10, 2006:
"Ilove the name Bailey. I have a new puppy and I will name him Bailey." May. 6, 2006:
"well, my very good friend (who is a GIRL) is named Bailey. and every site says its a boys name. that makes me mad. people never pronounce or spell it wrong. bay-lee." May. 3, 2006:
"I adore this name it is so beautiful. If i have a baby boy, im going to call him Bailey tyler." Apr. 22, 2006:
"I named my beagle, who was a GIRL, Bailey!! because of WKRP , the sit com that was popular in the 1970's and 1980's. I thought it was a wonderful name for a wonderful dog.. we miss you girl (Bailey) Mom and Dad" Feb. 14, 2006:
4 Negative Comments
"I hate the name bailey! I think its more of a girls name that a guys name. But i dont like the name period! Sorry, but im in 8th grade and theres this senior thats in love with my boyfriend, Brandon, and we are crazy about each other we've been dating for five months oh and no this bailey is'nt some freak whos into guys that are like way younger than her because he's a sophmore. But anyway she threatined me to my face it's so scary just to think about it so i, Haleigh Michelle dont like the name bailey!" Mar. 4, 2008:
"My name is Bailey and EVERYONE pronounces and spells it wrong.Everyone spells my name with no e. In my whole life i have only met 1 other Bailey and he is the same age. Bailey's Rock!" Jul. 8, 2007:
"I hate this name sounds like a yuk plant not cool" Jun. 18, 2006:
"WELL I AM A GIRL!! AND MY NAME IS BAILEY SO THEREFORE IT ISNT JUST A GUYS NAME! WHAT NOW?" May. 3, 2006:
24 Neutral Comments
"My Sons name is Michael Bailey and we call him Bailey. Love that name Love that boy! He loves his name too. He was very popular in school and now in college at UT. He will always be my Bailey Bug. It's like Taylor, Jordan Ashton it can be either girl or boy" Aug. 22, 2014:
"I'm 13 and a boy and my name is Bailey. People always spell it without the "e" for some reason, I don't know why. Also, whenever I say my own name, I feel like I'm saying awkwardly. It bothers me. On occasions, people say that Bailey is a girl's name, when it is a name for both. No one picks on me about it, really. I'm thinking about changing it to something like Brad or Bradley when I'm older, but I don't know." Jun. 11, 2014:
"Well I'm due to have a girl in June, and I'm going to name her Bayleigh Grace I love the name for either, stilll unsure on how to spell it, Bailey or Bayleigh. My ex had a dog called Bailey and it was a boy, but I've loved it for a girl for a long time. It's a unisex name and people are cruel if they wana take the mick outa people just for their name!" Mar. 15, 2013:
"I am a girl with the name Bailey. My mother also got the name from the male character in "Party of Five". Normally, people think my name is feminine or unisex, but sometimes people comment that it is a boy's name, a dog's name, or a surname." Mar. 10, 2013:
"my daughters name is Bailey ashlyn. she has a friend name bailey as well and let me tell you the have tonss of personality. I think its the name :)" Jan. 1, 2012:
"my son is 10 years old and his name is Bailey Quinn. He went through a time when he didn't like his name because there were girls with the same name, but now he's ok with it. I did get his name from Party of Five also. We call him Bay alot of the time and he thinks that's cool." Sep. 8, 2011:
"I'm 16 and my name is bailey I too was named after party of five. I love my name I think it suits me my middle name is Ian so alot of people call me that too never had much trouble with my name. Its a unisex name!" Aug. 9, 2011:
"When I first heard of the name Bailey, it was on a very cute little boy. I named my gorgeous son Bailey Chance. I love his name, it really suits him. He's the cutest Bailey boy in the world!!---Josie" Mar. 15, 2011:
"Thers this boy named baliey in my class and im in the 4th grade and if you read this baliey thene i like you Bye i love you baliey and if you do read this thene talk to me monday please to let me know if you read this Bye and put a comennt on here about you ohh and i go to certral elenentary Bye" Dec. 30, 2010:
"my friends name is bailey its kind of odd talking to him sometimes You forget hes a man i do think he's cool though he comes over alot and i still call him bailey" Nov. 20, 2010:
"My son is called Bailey and he suits it perfectly, It was the only name me and my boyfriend agreed on and we stuck to it no matter what any one would think, everyone loves it now as it suits him, We gave him the middle name Jack. He was 1 last week and is the most gorgeous cheeky little thing:)" Aug. 29, 2010:
"My friend's son has a hard time being named Bailey. He gets razzed at school and he wishes he had a more masculine name :(" Jun. 2, 2010:
"not sure how to react to this as grandson's name! hope he won't have a problem as different generation!" Dec. 1, 2009:
"My son's name is "BAYLEE" not sure if there are more out there but haven't met one yet. He is going to be 13 in October and he is one of the greatest kids i know." Jun. 17, 2009:
"I have a puppy name Bailey, its a boy, but people often ask if if he's a girl because his name is Bailey, I think its unisex, but I love it for my male puppy. Ame" Jun. 17, 2009:
"My son is called Bailey and he was 13 on 25.03.09. He is cool, as is his name." Mar. 29, 2009:
"Girls are not stealing the names Riley and Bailey it's just a name for both genders. It works out great!" Dec. 28, 2008:
"Be nice last poster ... I am an (American) Mom and I am 32...My son Bailey is going to be 11 on Valentine's Day in 2009 ... I picked this name 11 years ago for him .. He's the best - so in my eyes, it's a boy's name ... but AMERICANS come up with the craZiest IDEAS!!!
Peace Every Where!
Tara" Nov. 18, 2008:
"I love the name Bailey. I didnt know it could be a girl's name but now that I think about it, it is a beautiful name for a boy or a girl. Id love to call my baby this name but my boyfriend thinks its a dogs name" Aug. 10, 2008:
"My son's name is Baillie and he thinks it is more a girls name than a boys name. Can anyone please tell me if it is more a girls name or a boys name." Jan. 31, 2008:
"yes my last name is bailey, and yes every one wants to leave out the E .." Jan. 8, 2008:
"my name is bailey but i am a girl. i have honestly never met a boy by this name, only girls." Oct. 23, 2007:
"our baby due next year will be called bailey if it is a boy. we are from south africa. sandy and francis" Sep. 20, 2007:
"this is a good name for a dog as it will ultimately make you pay by all means at its disposal, oh then it will take anything that is preacious to you and keep it forever, every thing else it will break or eat, just like a bailiff and a french one at that!" Jul. 19, 2007:
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