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Subject: Re: Palin; Bayless
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: November 9, 2007 at 6:34:29 AM
Reply to: Re: Palin; Bayless by Megan
Bayless, English surname, originating in the Old French Baillis, "bailiff". Another French form, Bailli, gives us Bailey and its variants.
I should add, to cover all bases, that there is a Jewish surname, Beilis, whose spelling could have changed in an English-speaking country. That comes from the name of a female ancestor, Beile, which derives from the Russian word for "white".

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