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.
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).
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).