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What does Gale mean?

Gale \g(a)-le\ 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.


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


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 (#2228 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Gale for boys. Gale was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #368 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Gale and associated names. Popular related forms of Gale appearing in the Top 1000 are Gael (#213 last year), Gail and Gayle. Usage of this boy name reached its peak during 1930-1939 and has become significantly less since, with the versions Gail, Gale and Gayle becoming less in vogue. Gael (#213) is the most fashionable name for newborns among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gael, Gail, Gale, 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 baby names are Bale, Cale, Dale, Gabe, Gable, Gage, Galen, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Gili, Hale, Kale, Lale, Vale, Yale and Zale. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gale.