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Meaning and name origin

Gail \gail\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 variant forms: Gael, Gahl, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galia, Gayel, Gayelle, Gayla, Gayle, Gayleen, Gaylene, Gayline, Gayll, Gaylla and Gaylle.

For more information, see also the related girl name Gay.

There is 1 masculine form of Gail: Gael.


Gail is a very popular first name for females (#155 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#22274 out of 88799, Top 25%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gail for girls. Gail reached its highest rank of #43 in the U.S. in 1950-1959 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gail and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Abigail (#8), Gayle, Gayla, Gale, Gail and Gay. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Gail is also pronounced similarly to Gill. Other suggested similar baby names are Dail, Gai, Gaia, Gala, Galla, Geila and Gila. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gail.