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The surname Bayliss 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.

Bayliss Early Origins



The surname Bayliss 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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Bayliss Spelling Variations


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Bayliss Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bayliss have included Bayliss, Bailiss, Baliss, Balis, Balies, Bayles, Bayliff, Bayliffe, Bailiff, Bailiffe and many more.

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Bayliss Early History


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Bayliss Early History



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

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Bayliss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bayliss Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Bayliss In Ireland


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Bayliss In Ireland



Some of the Bayliss 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 Bayliss:

Bayliss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bayliss, who landed in New Haven, Conn in 1654
  • William Bayliss who settled in Barbados in 1663

Bayliss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bayliss settled in Pennsylvania in 1773

Bayliss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • S. R. Bayliss arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870
  • Frederick Bayliss, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • George Henry Bayliss, aged 28, a wheelwright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • George William Bayliss, aged 23, a painter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bayliss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bayliss (post 1700)



  • Jonathan Bayliss (1926-2009), American novelist and playwright
  • Jonah James Bayliss (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball baseball relief pitcher
  • Garland E. Bayliss (b. 1924), American retired historian and director emeritus of academic services at Texas A&M University
  • Brendan Bayliss (b. 1976), American lead guitarist
  • Troy Bayliss (b. 1969), retired Australian motorcycle racer, three-time winner of the Superbike World Championship
  • Lisa Bayliss (b. 1966), English bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • John Bayliss (1919-2008), English poet and editor
  • George Bayliss (1895-1935), Australian Rules footballer
  • Edward Bayliss (1918-1989), English cricketer
  • David Bayliss (b. 1976), English footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bayliss Historic Events


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Bayliss Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ronald Percy L Bayliss, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Joseph Sidney Bayliss, British Mechanician 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edward J Bayliss, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bayliss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bayliss 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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