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What does Gale mean?

Gale Pronunciation of Gale [gale] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gale) is of Irish, Gaelic and Old English origin, and the meaning of Gale is "foreigner; cheerful, happy". More common now as a girl's name, where it is a form of Abigail. Football player Gale Sayers.

Associated with: irish, old english.


Gale has 8 variants: Gael, Gaell, Gaelle, Gail, Gaile, Gaill, Gaille and Gayle.

Creative forms:
(male) Gales, Gile, ..

(female) Galei, Galet, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gale Cooper (G.C.), ..

How popular is Gale?

Gale is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#784 out of 1220, Top 64%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#2197 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gale reached its apex position of #353 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Gale are Abigail, Gael (#220 last year), Gail and Gayle. Usage of these relations of Gale reached its peak less than a decade ago (adoption of 0.15%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.09%, down 36%), with versions like Gayle becoming less in vogue.

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

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

Similar Names

Gale is pronounced similarly to Gal, Gall, Gil and Gill. Other suggested similar names are Bale, Cable, Caile, Cale, Cayle, Daile, Dale, Dalle, Dayle, Earle, Erle, Gab, Gabe, Gabi, Gabie, Gable, Gad, Gage, Gaige, Galen, Galeno, Galil, Galin, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Galten, Galven, Galyn, Gamel, Gard, Gared, Garek, Garen, Garey, Garve, Gary, Gauge, Gaven, Gaylen, Gayler, Gere, Gili, Glade, Gore, Graye, Gyles, Hale, Halle, Hayle, Kaile, Kale, Karle, Kayle, Kyle, Ladle, Lale, Nagle, Neale, Nile, Ole, Pavle, Peale, Sable, Udale (see Udell), Vaile, Vale, Wole, Yale, Yule and Zale. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gale.

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