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SOURCE: Nickname, Other & Given Name
PRONOUNCED: BAY (English)
OTHER FORMS: McBeth, Bayer
Meaning & History
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay
, Middle Dutch bay
‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius
, used originally of horses).
English: from the Middle English personal name Baye
, Old English Beaga
(masculine) or Beage
Scottish: reduced form of McBeth
German: from the Germanic personal name Baio
The name is also found in Denmark and Norway, where it may be a short form of German Bayer
or from baygh
, originally a loan word from French denoting a type of fabric.