Baby name story: Bailey

Dr. Charles Bailey

In 1984, Sports Illustrated published the story behind the name of tennis reporter Bailey Breene:

As for her own name, it’s really Claire. Bailey is her middle name, a tribute to heart surgeon Charles P. Bailey. In March of 1957, Dr. Bailey appeared on the cover of TIME, and three months later he operated on Kathleen Breene’s ailing heart. Less than two years later, Kathleen gave birth to her third child. Mother was fine, and baby was named in honor of the doctor.

Dr. Charles P. Bailey’s middle name was Philamore, btw.


Image: © 1957 Time

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