Gender Masculine & Feminine
Pronounced Pron. BAY-lər
Other Forms FormsBailer, Bailor, Bayler, Beiler
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 5/25/2006
From a surname which comes from two distinct sources. As an English surname it is of unexplained origin, possibly derived from the legal term bailor meaning "one who delivers goods". As a German (Alemannic) surname it is derived from Middle High German beigel, beile "measuring stick" (from Late Latin pagella), originally denoting one who was "an inspector of measures or a maker of measuring sticks". As a surname it was borne by R.E.B. Baylor (1793-1874), co-founder of Baylor University in the American state of Texas.