What does Gayle mean?
Gayle \ga(y)-le\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gayle). The meaning of the name Gayle is "foreigner; cheerful, happy". Gayle is a derivative of Gale (Irish, Gaelic, Old English). Fairly unique as a birth name for males.
Gayle is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1130 out of 1220, Top 93%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#4902 out of 88799, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Gayle for boys. Gayle was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its apex position of #527 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Gayle and corresponding names. Gael (#213 last year), Gail and Gale are the prominent related forms of Gayle. This boy name was at the height of its popularity during the years 1930-1939 and is now much less popular, with the versions Gayle, Gale and Gail becoming less in vogue. Gael (#213) is the most fashionable name for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Gayle▼ is alike in pronunciation to Gal and Gall. Other suggested similar baby names are Cayle, Dayle, Gable, Gallo, Galo, Gaylen, Gayler, Gayne, Hayle, Kayle and Zayle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gayle.