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Gary meaning and name origin
Gary \g(a)-ry\ as a boy's name is pronounced GARE-ee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Gary is "spear". Famous since the 1930s due to actor Gary Cooper. Cartoonists Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson; actors Gary Sinise, Gary Oldman.
Gary has 5 variant forms: Gari, Garey, Garrey, Garrie and Garry.
For more information, see also the related name Gerald.
Baby names that sound like Gary are Cary, Geary and Gery.
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Popularity of Gary
Gary is a very popular first name for men (#26 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1159 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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