Baye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The first people to use the distinguished Baye 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 Baye family
The surname Baye 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 Baye family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baye research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1671, 1746, 1662 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Baye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baye 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 Baye family (pre 1700)
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Baye family to Ireland
Some of the Baye 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.
Migration of the Baye family
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Baye: Joe Bay, aged 16, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Charles and John Bay settled in Maryland in 1774; Christian, George, and Jacob Bay all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1771.
Contemporary Notables of the name Baye (post 1700) +
- Michael Baye (b. 1961), American academic
- Nathalie Baye (b. 1948), four-time César award-winning French actress
Related Stories +
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.