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What does Gaye mean?

Gaye Pronunciation of Gaye [gaye] as a girls' name is an English and Old French name, and the name Gaye means "blithe, cheerful". Gaye is an alternate form of Gae (English): from the vocabulary word gay.

Associated with: cheerful (joy).


Gaye has 1 variant: Gai.

Creative forms:
(female) Guiye, Liye, ..

(male) Gare, Gayn, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gaye Emmeline (G.E.), ..

How popular is Gaye?

Gaye is a very popular first name for women (#1295 out of 4276, Top 30%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#25724 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gaye was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #655 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gaye name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gaye outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. The only other prominent varying form of Gaye is Gay. Adoption of these relations of Gaye was widespread during the years 1940-1949 (median #517), but now, the version Gay has gone out of style.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gaye and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gaye is pronounced similarly to Gaea, Gaia, Gaiea and Gaill. Other recommended names are Agye, Amye, Cadye, Caye, Faye, Gabbe (see Gabrielle), Gabi, Gaby, Gada, Gael, Gahl, Gail, Gaile, Gal, Gala, Gale, Galea, Galen, Galya, Gana, Gavi, Gayel, Gayla, Gayle, Gaylen (see Gayle), Gayll, Gaylle, Gayna, Gayner, Gene, Glade, Glyn, Grace, Grayce, Gwyn, Jaye, Joye, Kacye, Kaye, Maye, Raye, Rye, Sadye, Shaye, Skye and Tacye. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gaye.

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