Bay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The first people to use the distinguished Bay family name were found in Sussex. Their name however, was a reference to the Old French word baille, meaning the outer wall of a feudal castle, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a structure.
Early Origins of the Bay family
The surname Bay was first found in Colchester, where they had been granted lands about the year 1500. The name was originally spelt Baye, and Beyer. The parish of Bennington in Lincolnshire was another ancient family seat. "This place belonged to the family of Bay, of whom William Bay was summoned to the grand council at Westminster in 1353, as member for Boston: the ancient family mansion, Bay Hall, is still entire." 
Early History of the Bay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bay research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1671, 1746, 1662 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Bay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bay Spelling Variations
Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Bay, Baye, Bayes, Bays and others.
Early Notables of the Bay family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Bay is the 5,170th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Bay is ranked the 3,864th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 
Migration of the Bay family to Ireland
Some of the Bay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Bay migration to the United States ||+|
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Bay:
Bay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joe Bay, aged 16, who settled in Virginia in 1635
- Mr. John Bay, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 
- John Bay, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 
- Andrew and Sarah Bay, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
Bay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Steph Bay, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 
- Margreth Bay, who arrived in America in 1770 
- Christian, George, and Jacob Bay all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1771
- Jacob Bay, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 
- Charles and John Bay, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Bay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- R L Bay, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
| Bay migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Bay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Bay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 
- Maria Bay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 
- Martin Bay, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Bay (post 1700) ||+|
- Willow Bay (b. 1963), born Kristine Carlin Bay, an American television correspondent and former model
- Susan Linda Bay Nimoy (b. 1943), American actress and model who portrayed Admiral Rollman in two episodes of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Past Prologue"
- Norman Bay, Chinese-American politician, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (2015-2017)
- Michael Bay, American film director and producer, known for Armageddon (1998), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and The Rock (1996)
- Charles Ulrick Bay (1888-1955), American businessman and diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador to Norway from 1946 to 1953
- James Bay, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Jean Baptiste Joseph de Bay the Elder (1779-1863), Belgian art historian and sculptor from Mechelen
- Jason Raymond Bay (b. 1978), Canadian Major League Baseball left fielder, National League Rookie of the Year in 2004, recipient of the Silver Slugger Award in 2009
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's. Retrieved October 5th 2021 from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
- State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm