The Scottish and northern English surname Baines is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac a’ Ghille Bhàin meaning “son of the pale or white-haired lad.” The name in Scotland is first recorded in Aberdeenshire in the 13th Century. The Baines' moved from Aberdeenshire to Inverness where they were sod bearers to the Chiefs of the great Clan Chattan. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1622 when ARichard Baines arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 5700 bearers of the surname Baines living in the US.
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