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What does Gayla mean?

Gayla Pronunciation of Gayla [gay-la] as a name for girls is of Hebrew and English derivation, and the name Gayla means "father of exaltation". Gayla is an alternate spelling of Gail (Hebrew): short variant of Abigail. Gayla is also a derivative of Gayle (English).


Gayla has 5 variants: Gaila, Gala, Galea, Galia and Gaylla.

16 more relations via Gail, Gayle: Gael, Gahl, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galen, Galena, Gayel, Gayelle, Gayleen, Gaylen, Gaylene, Gayline, Gayll and Gaylle.

Creative forms:
(female) Garla, Gayia, ..

(male) Gaygar, Gaylo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gayla Malaysia (G.M.), ..

How popular is Gayla?

Gayla is a very prominent first name for females (#1027 out of 4276, Top 24%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gayla was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #458 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Gayla appearing in the Top 2000 are Gayle, Gaylene, Gale, Gaile, Gala and Gail. These forms of Gayla were favored as birth names in the 1950s (adoption of 0.57%), but now, forms such as Gayle have gone out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayla, Gail, Gaile, Gala, Gale in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayle, Gaylene in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gayla is alike in pronunciation to Galla, Gallia, Gallya, Galya, Geila, Geulah, Gilah, Gilia and Gilly. Other suggested similar names are Baila, Bayla, Beyla, Byla, Caela, Caila, Cala, Calla, Camyla, Carla, Cayla, Dalla, Darla, Dayla, Earla, Gada, Gaia, Gaiea, Galila, Gana, Garda, Gavryla (see Gavrila), Gay, Gayna, Geela, Gila, Giula, Glila, Gryta (see Greta), Hala, Jayla, Kaala, Kaela, Kahla, Kaila, Kala, Kalla, Kamyla, Karla, Kayla, Keyla, Laela, Lala, Lalla, Layla, Leyla, Makyla, Mala, Marla, Myla, Naila, Nyla, Paola, Paula, Pavla, Raula, Rayla, Shayla, Shyla, Skyla, Tayla, Twyla, Tyla, Vala, Valla and Xyla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gayla.

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