What does Gary mean?
Gary /gary/ as a boys' 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 and Garfield. Cartoonists Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson; actors Gary Sinise, Gary Oldman.
How popular is Gary?
Gary is a very popular first name for males (#26 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1555 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Gary for boys. Gary reached its peak position of #12 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #560. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Garfield, Garret, Garrison, Garry, Garth and Gerald (#816 2 years ago) are the popular alternative forms of Gary (#560 2 years ago). Other forms, like Garyth, are uncommon. These relations of Gary were favored by parents during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.466%) and are somewhat less widespread today (usage 0.0891%, 80.9% less). Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Gary and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Gary▼ is pronounced similarly to Gearey, Geary and Guri. Other recommended similar baby names are Cary▼, Gaby, Gaer, Gair, Gard, Garvy, Gay, Ger, Gere, Gerry▼, Gery, Gore, Gray, Grey, Gur, Jary and Lary. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gary.