Meaning and Name Origin
Gay \gay\ 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 1 masculine form: Gaylord.
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 (#774 out of 88799, 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)
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. Usage of these girl names reached its peak during 1950-1959 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)
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.