What does Gage mean?
Gage /gage/ 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.
How popular is Gage?
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 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Gauge (#814 2 years ago) and Gaige. These relations of Gage reached the height of their popularity in 2009 (average #557) and are almost as popular today (#672, ▼25.9%), but with the form Gaige becoming less in vogue. Gage is the longstanding favorite. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Gage and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)