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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". Transferred use of a surname, which probably derives from a Norman given name of Germanic origin,a a short form of names starting with gar. American industrialist Elbert H Gary gave his name to the steel town of Gary, Indiana in 1906. The "a" in the town name is pronounced as "air", giving rise to the common respelling Garry. The name was made famous since the 1930s due to actor Gary Cooper. It is now also used as a pet form of Gareth. Cartoonists Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson; actors Gary Sinise, Gary Oldman.

Gary has 6 variant forms: Gari, Garey, Garrey, Garrie, Garry and Gaz.

For more information, see also related boy names Garrison, Garfield and Gerald.


Gary is a very popular first name for males (#26 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1159 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gary for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gary and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Garfield, Garrison, Garry, Gary and Gerald. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Garfield, Garrison, Garry, Gary, Gerald in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gary is also pronounced similarly to Gearey, Geary and Guri. Other suggested similar baby names are Cary, Gaby, Gaer, Gair, Gard, Garvy, Gay, Gere, Gerry, Gery, Gore, Gray, Grey, Gur, Jary and Lary. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gary.


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