The Scottish and northern English surname Baynes 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 Baynes' 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 1651 when William Bayne arrived in New England. Today there are approximately 2500 bearers of the surname Baynes living in the US.
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