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Gay (girl)

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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.

Associated with: cheerful (joy), surname.


Gay has 3 variants: Gae, Gai and Gaye.

Affiliated girl name: Happy.

Gay has 14 more relations via Gail: Gael, Gahl, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galia, Gayel, Gayla, Gayle, Gayll, Gaylla and Gaylle.

Gay has 1 masculine form: Gaylord.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Gayda, Gigay, ..

(male) Gane, Gle, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Gay for girls. Gay reached its apex rank of #354 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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, 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 64 years ago (median #566), but now, forms such as Gayla have become less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gay, Gail, Gaile, Gale, Gaye in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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, Gaia and Gaiea. Other suggested similar names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gaby, Jay, Kay, May and Ray. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gay.