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.
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).
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.