Meaning and name origin
Gaylord \ga(y)-lo-rd\ as a boy's 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 or last name for all people (#4337 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gaylord for boys. Gaylord reached its highest rank of #585 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gaylord and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gaylord and Gay. (2014 statistics).