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Gender: Male Pronunciation: BYE-yard Meaning of Bayard: "russet-haired" Origin of Bayard: English

The name Bayard is a boy's name of English origin meaning "russet-haired". Bayard and is often added to lists like Southern Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

An old English redhead name -- one of the few that doesn't begin with the letter r -- with references both to a famous French knight and a magical horse.

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Famous People Named Bayard

Bayard Rustin, American Civil Rights Leader
Bayard Taylor, American poet
Bayard Veiller, American playwright

Pop Culture References for the name Bayard

Bayard Sartoris, character in the writings of William Faulkner
Bayard Ellis, defense attorney character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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RoddyThlayli Says:


Isn't there a poet named Bayard Taylor?

emmy5555 Says:


I also thought it was pronounced "Bay-ard" which is the pronunciation I like. I think it's quite the gem! Perfect middle name to me :)

headintheclouds Says:


This is nice, as far as surname names go. I prefer the name pronounced Bay-ard rather than Bye-yard though, not sure if there's this alternative pronunciation existing. Strong and dignified-sounding, rather sounds like a first name.

allisgee Says:


Sounds nice but when I look at the name spelled out, all I see is Barn Yard lol can't help it!