What does Gay mean?
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.
Affiliated girl name: Happy.
1 masculine form: Gaylord.Creative forms:
(female) Gayda, Gigay, ..
(male) Gane, Gle, .. Middle name pairings:
Gay Magdalene (G.M.), ..
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)
Gay reached its apex rank of #354 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Gail, Gaile, Gale, Gaye, Gayla and Gayle are the prominent variation forms of Gay. Other forms, like Gayll, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Gay reached its peak 65 years ago (median #566), but now, forms such as Gayla have become less trendy.