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What does Gael mean?

Gael Pronunciation of Gael [gael] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Gael) is of French origin. The French name GaŽl may be a short form of the Breton name JudicaŽl, meaning "generous leader". The name may also be a short form of GwenaŽl (gwenn "white, fair, pure", and hael "generous"), the name of a Breton saint. The term was first used in English to refer to the Highland Celts of Scotland. The Scots term Gaidheal probably evolved from the Irish goidel, which may be traced back to the Old Celtic word gwydd, meaning "wild". Sounds similar to and may also be used as a respelling of Gail, which is traditionally female.

Associated with: generous (gracious), leader, pure, saint, irish (gaelic), old.


Gael has 1 variant: Gale.

4 more related forms via Gail: Gaell, Gaelle, Gaile and Gayle.

1 feminine form: Gail.

Creative forms:
(male) Galel, Grael, ..

(female) Gager, Gagi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gael Nigel (G.N.), ..

How popular is Gael?

Gael is a rare first name for males. Gael is an equivalently rare surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gael entered the list in 2002 and reached its highest rank of #146 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #220 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Gael (#220 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000 are Gail, Gale and Gayle. Usage of these forms of Gael was well-received among parents in the year 2012 (adoption of 0.1%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.1%, 36% less), with forms such as Gayle becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gael, Gail, Gale, Gayle in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gael is alike in pronunciation to Gal, Gall, Gil and Gill. Other suggested similar names are Abel, Acel, Adel, Amel, Anael, Arel, Asael, Avel, Buel, Cadel, Cael, Capel, Carel, Dael, Darel, Del, Gab, Gabe, Gabi, Gaby, Gad, Gadi, Gadiel, Gaelan, Gaer, Gage, Gaill, Galen, Galil, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Gamal, Gamel, Gammel, Gamul (see Gamal), Gard, Garek, Garen, Garey, Gari, Gary, Gaven, Gay, Gaz, Ger, Glen, Greg, Grey, Hamel, Harel, Havel, Jael, Jamel, Kael, Kapel, Karel, Nagel, Neel, Niel, Noel, Orel, Pavel, Pawel, Pazel, Peel, Rafel, Ruel, Sahel, Udel and Yael. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gael.