Origin: English, German
Meaning: a surname that has its origins in English and German. As an English surname, it possibly comes from the legal term bailor, referring to someone who transfers their personal property to another person for safekeeping during bailment.
It’s also comes from Middle High German beigel, beile meaning “measuring stick”, referring to someone who was an inspector of measures or a maker of measuring sticks. It could also be an occupational name meaning “barrel inspection” or “sealer of barrels”.
Variants: Bailor, Bayler, Bailer, Beilor