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Gail (boy)

What does Gail mean?

Gail Pronunciation of Gail [gail] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gail). The name Gail means "foreigner; cheerful, happy". Gail is an alternate form of Gale (Irish, Gaelic, Old English). See also Gael.

Associated with: cheerful (happy).


Gail has 5 variants: Gael, Gaell, Gaelle, Gaile and Gayle.

2 more relations via Gale: Gaill and Gaille.

3 feminine forms: Gael, Gay and Gayle.

Creative forms:
(male) Gagil, Grail, ..

(female) Gahil, Galai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gail Terrence (G.T.), ..

How popular is Gail?

Gail is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#868 out of 1220, Top 71%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#21553 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gail reached its apex position of #407 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Gail rated in the Top 2000 are Gael (#220 from recent data), Gayle and Gale. These forms of Gail were at the apex of their popularity in the year 2012 (adoption of 0.1%) and are somewhat less widespread today (adoption 0.1%, 36%), with versions such as Gayle falling out of fashion.

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

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

Similar Names

Gail is alike in pronunciation to Gal, Gall, Gil and Gill. Other suggested similar names are Adil, Akil, Amil, Axil, Bail, Basil, Bazil, Danil, Egil, Emil, Fadil, Fazil, Gab, Gabe, Gabi, Gabie, Gable, Gaby, Gad, Gadi, Gadiel, Gaer, Gage, Gaige, Gaine, Gains, Gair, Gaius, Galil, Galin, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Gamal, Gamel, Gamul (see Gamal), Gard, Gari, Garin, Gary, Gavin, Gavril, Gay, Gaz, Geir, Gib, Gili, Glin, Graig, Gwin, Hamil, Jalil, Jamil, Kahil, Kail, Kalil, Kamil, Nabil, Neil, Phil, Sahil, Sail, Savil, Trail, Vail and Wil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gail.

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