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What does Gayle mean?

Gayle Pronunciation of Gayle [gayle] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Gayle) is pronounced gayl. It is of English origin. Variant of Gail. Gala literally means "festive party". The name was made famous by American actress Gayle Hunnicutt.


Gayle has 6 variants: Gala, Galea, Galen, Galena, Gayla and Gaylen.

Related girl name: Abigail.

17 more alternative forms via Gail, Gala: Gael, Gahl, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galia, Galla, Gayel, Gayelle, Gayleen, Gaylene, Gayline, Gayll, Gaylla and Gaylle.

Creative forms:
(female) Galle, Golle, ..

(male) Gayles, Gayley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gayle Brooklynn (G.B.), ..

How popular is Gayle?

Gayle is a very prominent first name for females (#375 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4808 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gayle was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #153 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Abigail (#7 a year ago), Gail, Gaile, Gala, Gale, Gayla and Gaylene are the popular related forms of Gayle. These forms of Gayle reached the peak of their popularity in the year 2002 (adoption of 1.1%) and are somewhat less common today (adoption 0.8%, 31%), with versions like Gayla becoming less stylish. Abigail is the steady favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayle, Abigail, Gail, Gaile, Gala in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Gayle is pronounced similarly to Gaelle, Gill, Gul and Gull. Other suggested similar names are Carle, Caryle, Daile, Dale, Dayle, Emyle, Gabbe (see Gabrielle), Gae, Gay, Gaye, Gayna, Gayner, Grayce, Halle, Hazle, Kahle, Kalle, Kayle, Kyle, Mable, Mayble, Paule, Sable and Vale. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gayle.

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