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.
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)
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)