What does Gaylord mean?
Gaylord /gay-lord/ 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.
How popular is Gaylord?
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 (#6129 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name history of Gaylord for boys. Gaylord entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #585 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
The only other prominent varying form of Gaylord is Gay. Adoption of these relations of Gaylord reached its most widespread in the 1930s (adoption of 0.21%) and has become less since, with the form Gaylord becoming less fashionable.
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Recommended similar baby names are Ballard, Bayard, Bayerd, Baylor, Bayrd, Byford, Clyford, Daynard, Gabor, Gainor, Galfrid, Gallo, Galo, Gard, Garland▼, Garlend, Garlind, Garold, Garrard, Gaspard, Gayle▼, Gaylen, Gaylin, Gaylinn, Gaylon▼, Gayner, Gaynnor, Gaynor, Gifford, Gilford, Gjord, Grygor, Guilford, Gyfford, Gyrd, Halford, Hallford, Hanford, Harford, Hayward▼, Lawford, Maynard▼, Naylor, Radford, Rayford▼, Raynard, Raynord, Safford, Sanford▼, Taylor▲, Twyford, Walford, Warford and Zaylor. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gaylord.