Family name origins & meanings
- English, French, and Dutch : nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses).
- English : from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Bēaga (masculine) or Bēage (feminine).
- 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.