What does Gage mean?
Gage \g(a)-ge\ as a boys' name is pronounced gage. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Gage is "pledge, oath". Occupational name for someone whose job was to gauge or measure something, or for a moneylender who took pledges (French gage). The British General Thomas Gage was Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
Gage is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2077 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Gage for boys. Gage entered the list in 1990 and reached its apex position of #136 in the U.S. in the year 2003, and is at #202 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular alternative forms of Gage (#202 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Gauge (#814 in 2014) and Gaige. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in 2009 (usage of 0.4427%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.328%, down 25.9%), with the form Gaige becoming less in vogue. Gage (#202) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Gage and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)