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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 "happy". A surname in the Middle Ages. Has declined in usage as a given name due to its general appropriation as a term denoting homosexuality.
Gay is a very popular first name for females (#795 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#774 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gay for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gay and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gay and Gaye. (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.
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