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What does Gay mean?

Gay /gay/ [1 syll.] as a girls' name (also used as boys' 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 variants: Gae, Gai and Gaye.

Gay has 18 more related variations via Gail: Gael, Gahl, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galia, Gayel, Gayelle, Gayla, Gayle, Gayleen, Gaylene, Gayline, Gayll, Gaylla and Gaylle.

Gay has 1 masculine form: Gaylord.

Kreatif forms: Gaygi, Gigay. [more]

How popular is Gay?

Gay is a very prominent first name for females (#795 out of 4276, Top 19%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#974 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Gay for girls. Gay was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #341 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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 usage of the girl name Gay and related names. Gail, Gale, Gaye, Gayla and Gayle are the prominent variation forms of Gay. Forms like Gayel are uncommon. Usage of these girl names reached its peak during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.6705%) and has become much lower since, with forms such as Gale, Gay, Gaye, Gayla and Gayle becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

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