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What does Gail mean?

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.

Related girl name: Gay.

Gail has 4 more different relations via Abigail, Gael: Abagil, Abgail, Abi and Gaelle.

Gail has 1 masculine form: Gael.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Galai, Grail, ..

(male) Gails, Galey, ..

How popular is Gail?

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 (#21553 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Gail for girls. Gail reached its top rank of #44 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gail name in U.S.

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

Abigail (#8 in recent rankings), Gayla, Gayle, Gaylene, Gay, Gale, Gaile and Abi are the popular varying forms of Gail ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Gail was widespread a decade ago (usage of 1.1%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.8%, down 29%), with forms such as Gay falling out of fashion. Abigail is the most fashionable baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gail, Abigail, Gaile, Gale, Gay in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayla, Gayle, Gaylene in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Gail is alike in pronunciation to Gill, Gul and Gull. Other suggested similar names are Amil, Ceil, Dail, Gabi, Gaby, Gada, Gae, Gaea, Gai, Gaia, Gaiea, Gala, Galila, Galit, Galla, Gana, Ganit, Gavi, Gaye, Geila, Gia, Gig, Gila, Glila, Gwin, Hadil, Jayil, Jil, Lil, Phil, Rahil and Teil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gail.