Meaning and Name Origin
Gaylord \ga(y)-lo-rd\ as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Gaylord is "spirited, dandy". An altered form of the French nickname Gaillard. The Gaylord family was prominent in the east of the US, and the first transferred use of surname as a given name was in 1769. The name is now rarely used as a first name due to its connotations of homosexuality like Gay. In the US, this is used as the name of a chain of hotels, a place name, and in manufacturing. Author Gayelord Hauser.
Gaylord is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1141 out of 1220, Top 94%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#4337 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Gaylord for boys. Gaylord entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #585 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Gaylord and corresponding names. The only other prominent varying form of Gaylord is Gay. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1930-1939 and has become significantly less since, with the form Gaylord becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)