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 and Garfield. Cartoonists Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson; actors Gary Sinise, Gary Oldman.
Gary is a very popular first name for males (#26 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1159 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gary for boys. Gary reached its highest rank of #12 in the U.S. in 1950-1959 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gary and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gary (#560), Gerald (#816), Garry, Garrison, Garret and Garfield. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
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.