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What does Gael mean?

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 JudicaŽl (GwenaŽl "white, fair, pure", and gwenn "generous"), the name of a Breton saint. It can also refer to one of the Celtic peoples of Scotland or Ireland. Sounds similar to and may also be used as a respelling of Gail, which is traditionally female.


Gael has 1 variant: Gale.

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

Gael has 1 feminine form: Gail.


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

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Gael for boys. Gael entered the list in 2002 and reached its highest rank of #146 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #213 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gael name in U.S.

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

Prominent varying forms of Gael (#213 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Gail, Gale and Gayle. Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.389%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1968%, down 49.4%), with the forms Gail, Gale and Gayle becoming less stylish. Gael (#213) is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Gael and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 baby names are Cael, Dael, Gaer, Gaill, Gallo, Galo, Gamel, Jael, Kael and Yael. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gael.