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What does Gala mean?

Gala Pronunciation of Gala [gala] as a girls' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Gala is "merrymaking, festivity". Also sometimes used as Russian variant of Helen (Greek) "sun ray". Salvador Dali's wife was named Gala.

Associated with: russian, greek, sun (star).


Gala has 1 variant: Galla.

Affiliated girl names: Gayle, Gaia, Galina and Gallia.

17 more relations via Helen: Elana, Ella, Elle, Elly, Galina, Halina, Helia, Hella, Ili, Ilka, Lana, Leana, Lena, Lina, Nelda, Nell and Nora.

Creative forms:
(female) Gava, Gola, ..

(male) Galum, Gava, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gala Agnes (G.A.), ..

How popular is Gala?

Gala is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3810 out of 4276, Top 89%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#23940 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gala was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its highest position of #1814 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Gala rated in the Top 2000 are Ella (#18 a year ago), Nora (#41), Lena (#272), Lana (#353), Elle (#398), Helen (#419), Lina (#857), Elly (#1474), Elana (#1522), Nell, Nelda, Gayle and Leana. These forms of Gala were at the apex of their popularity in the 1900s (adoption of 6.05%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 1.28%, 79% less), with versions like Gayle going out of style. Nora, Lana, Elle and Ella are four of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gala, Elana, Ella, Elle, Elly in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayle, Helen, Lana, Leana, Lena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Lena, Lina, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gala is alike in pronunciation to Gaila, Galea, Galia, Gallya, Galya, Gayla, Gaylla, Geila, Geulah, Ghaliya, Gilah, Gilia, Giliah, Giliya and Gilly. Other suggested similar names are Cala, Gada, Gaea, Gael, Gahl, Gail, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Gana, Gayll, Geela, Gelya, Gila, Gill, Giula, Glaw, Gul, Gull, Hala, Kala, Lala, Mala and Vala. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gala.