Show ContentsBailes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bailes is a name that was originally given to a near the outer wall of a feudal castle which is derived from the Old French word baille, which referred to such a structure.

Early Origins of the Bailes family

The surname Bailes was first found in Colchester, where they had been granted lands about the year 1500. The name was originally spelt Bellis. Baile Hill is a man-made earth mound in York, England. It is thought to have been built in 1068 and played a part in William the Conqueror's conquest of York.

Early History of the Bailes family

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Bailes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bayle, Bayles, Baile, Bailes, Bellis and others.

Early Notables of the Bailes family (pre 1700)

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Bailes Ranking

In the United States, the name Bailes is the 8,599th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Canada Bailes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bailes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Edward Bailes U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]

Australia Bailes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bailes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Thomas Bailes, who arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bailes (post 1700) +

  • J. Elmer Bailes, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Nicholas County, 1928
  • George Lewis Bailes, American Democratic Party politician, Alabama Democratic State Chair, 1977-80
  • George Bailes, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Ohio State House of Representatives from Hamilton County, 1938
  • Alyson Judith Kirtley Bailes CMG (1949-2016), English diplomat, British Ambassador to Finland (2000-2002)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from on Facebook