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Meaning and name origin

Gay \gay\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Gay), is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Gay is "blithe, cheerful". A surname in the Middle Ages. Taken from the vocabulary word, this was popular as a given name in the 1930s but became obsolete after the meaning of the word changed in the 1960s. This was generally used as a girl's name and has also been used as a pet form of Gail.


Gay has 3 variant forms: Gae, Gai and Gaye.

There is 1 masculine form of Gay: Gaylord.


Gay is a very popular first name for females (#795 out of 4276, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#774 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gay for girls. Gay reached its highest rank of #341 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gay and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gaye, Gay and Gail. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gail, Gay, Gaye in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gay and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gay is also pronounced similarly to Gaea and Gaia. Other suggested similar baby names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, GG, Gaby, Gal, Gia, Jay, Kay, May and Ray. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gay.