Bailey Court

Place Name: Bailey Court

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (2001)

Name Origins: Commemorative


1 English: occupational name from Middle English bailli ‘manager, administrator’ (Old French bailli(s), baillif and thus identical in origin with Bayliff). This has become the most common form of the surname, having fallen together with other origins (see  and  below), but as a vocabulary word it has dropped out of use.

2 English: locative name from Bailey in Little Mitton (Lancs).

3 English: locative name, occupational name, occasionally from Middle English (Old French) bailli ‘the wall surrounding a castle or fortified city’ or ‘the court within such a wall’. Dyonisya en la baillye owned houses and shops in the Old Bailey, London, 1319 in Subsidy Rolls (London).

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Percy Simpson Bailey (1883-1975) was a teacher with the Edmonton Public School Board from 1909 to 1946, and was active in many local organizations. Bailey was born in New Brunswick, gained a BA degree from Mount Allison University, and then taught in his native province and in Saskatchewan before arriving in Edmonton in 1909. His teaching career in Edmonton spanned 37 years, including 11 years as principal of the Edmonton Technical School. Bailey had many other interests. He served as director of the Edmonton Exhibition Association, was past master of the Unity Masonic Lodge, and president of the Edmonton Schoolmen's Club. He was also secretary of the United Empire Loyalists Association, on the vestry of the All Saints Cathedral, a member of the Alpine Club of Canada and of the Mayfair Golf and Country Club.

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