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Gayle (boy)

What does Gayle mean?

Gayle Pronunciation of Gayle [gayle] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gayle). The meaning of the name Gayle is "foreigner; cheerful, happy". Gayle is a version of Gale (Irish, Gaelic, Old English).

Associated with: cheerful (happy).


Gayle has 5 variants: Gael, Gaell, Gaelle, Gail and Gaile.

2 more relations via Gale: Gaill and Gaille.

Creative forms:
(male) Galle, Gaule, ..

(female) Gayli, Gaylia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gayle Khamari (G.K.), ..

How popular is Gayle?

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 (#4808 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gayle was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #498 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayle name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Gael (#220 last year), Gail and Gale are the prominent related forms of Gayle. These forms of Gayle were popular as baby names 3 years ago (usage of 0.15%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.09%, 36% less), with versions like Gayle going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayle, Gael, Gail, Gale in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gayle and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gayle is alike in pronunciation to Gal, Gall, Gil and Gill. Other suggested similar names are Bale, Cable, Caile, Cale, Cayle, Coyle, Daile, Dale, Dalle, Daryle, Dayle, Doyle, Eagle, Earle, Eryle, Fadle, Gabe, Gabie, Gable, Gage, Gaige, Gaine, Galen, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Gamble, Garlen, Garve, Gauge, Gay, Gaylen, Gayler, Gaylin, Gaylon, Gaylor, Gayne, Gayner, Gaynes, Graye, Gwayne, Gyles, Hale, Halle, Hayle, Kaile, Kale, Karle, Kayle, Kyle, Ladle, Lale, Lyle, Nagle, Pavle, Royle, Sable, Vaile, Vale, Yale, Zale and Zayle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gayle.

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