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The surname Bayless is derived from the Old French word baillis, which is the nominative form of the word bailliff. The name was originally occupational for a bailiff, a deputy of a king or lord, whose duties included collecting of rents and administering justice. In Wales, this name was for an agent of the English lords of the marches.

Bayless Early Origins



The surname Bayless was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bayless Spelling Variations


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Bayless Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Bayless name over the years has been spelled Bayliss, Bailiss, Baliss, Balis, Balies, Bayles, Bayliff, Bayliffe, Bailiff, Bailiffe and many more.

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Bayless Early History


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Bayless Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bayless research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1500, and 1860 are included under the topic Early Bayless History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bayless Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bayless Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bayless Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bayless In Ireland


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Bayless In Ireland



Some of the Bayless family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Bayless:

Bayless Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bayless, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1654

Bayless Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie Bayless, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. Thomas Bayless, aged 50, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • J. Z. Bayless, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1893

Bayless Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles A. Bayless, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Chas. Bayless, aged 30, who settled in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Bayless, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Marie Bayless, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Charles Bayless, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bayless (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bayless (post 1700)



  • Mary Bayless (1927-2003), American actress, known for her roles in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Sister Kenny (1946) and Just for You (1952)
  • John R. Bayless, American Primetime Emmy Award winning make up artist
  • Joanna Bayless, American actress and producer, known for Junction (2012), Coach of the Year (2015) and The Story of Milo & Annie (2014)
  • Alexandra "Ali" Bayless, American actress, known for her wok on Only in L.A. (2013), The Leak (2013) and Escape (2015)
  • Rick Bayless (b. 1953), American Daytime Emmy Award nominated chef, owner of Frontera Grill in Chicago and star of Mexico: One Plate at a Time
  • Kenny Bayless (b. 1951), American boxing referee from Nevada
  • Howard J. Bayless III (b. 1965), American healthcare professional and politician from Birmingham, Alabama
  • Charles E. Bayless (b. 1942), American academic, former President of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Silver Beaver Award, and Silver Antelope Award
  • Rebecca "Becky" Bayless (b. 1982), ring name of Rebecca Treston, an American professional wrestler
  • Jerryd Bayless (b. 1988), American basketball player who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Bayless Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bayless Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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