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Meaning and Name Origin

Gail \gail\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Gail) is pronounced gayl. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Gail is "father of exaltation". Short form of Abigail. Gael is a term for descendants of the ancient Celts, especially in Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. Authors Gael Greene, Gail Sheehy, Gail Godwin; track celebrity Gail Devers.


Gail has 18 variants: Gael, Gahl, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galia, Gayel, Gayelle, Gayla, Gayle, Gayleen, Gaylene, Gayline, Gayll, Gaylla and Gaylle.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Gay.

Gail has 37 more different forms via Abigail, Gael: Abagael, Abagail, Abagale, Abageal, Abagil, Abaigael, Abba, Abbe, Abbee, Abbegail, Abbegale, Abbey, Abbi, Abbie, Abbigael, Abbigai, Abbigail, Abbigale, Abbigayle, Abby, Abbye, Abbygael, Abbygail, Abbygale, Abegail, Abegale, Abgail, Abi, Abigael, Abigal, Abigale, Abigall, Abigayl, Abigayle, Abigel, Abigil and Gaelle.

Gail has 1 masculine form: Gael.


Gail is a very prominent first name for women (#155 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#22274 out of 88799, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Gail for girls. Gail reached its top rank of #43 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gail name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gail outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gail and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Gail ranked in the Top 1000 are Abigail (#8 in 2014), Abby (#389), Abbigail (#857), Gale, Gay, Gayle, Abigayle, Gayla, Abagail, Abbi, Abbie, Abi, Abbey and Abigale. Usage of these girl names was at its apex during 1950-1959 and has become significantly lower since, with forms such as Abbigail, Abbie, Abbey, Abigale and Gayla falling out of fashion. Abigail (#8) and Abby (#389) are two of the more fashionable baby names in this list, with Abby and Abigail having a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abagail, Abbey, Abbie, Abbigail, Abby, Abigail, Abigale, Abigayle, Gail, Gale in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gay, Gayla, Gayle in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Abbey, Abbi, Abbie, Abby, Abi, Abigail outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gail is alike in pronunciation to Gill. Other suggested similar baby names are Dail, Gai, Gaia, Gala, Galla, Geila and Gila. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gail.