What does Gale mean?
Gale /gale/ [1 syll.] 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.
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. 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. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Gale and associated names. Popular related forms of Gale are Gael (#213 last year), Gail and Gayle. Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.389%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1968%, down 49.4%), with the versions Gail, Gale and Gayle becoming less in vogue. Gael (#213) is the most fashionable name for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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.