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What does Gail mean?

Gail Pronunciation of Gail as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Gail) is pronounced gayl. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Gail is "father of exaltation". Short form of Abigail. Gael is a term for descendants of the ancient Celts, especially in Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. Authors Gael Greene, Gail Sheehy, Gail Godwin; track celebrity Gail Devers.


ASSOCIATED WITH ancient (old), scotland, ireland (gaelic)


VARIANTS Gael, Gahl, Gaila, Gaile, Gaill, Gal, Gale, Galia, Gayel, Gayelle, Gayla, Gayle, Gayleen, Gaylene, Gayline, Gayll, Gaylla, Gaylle


OTHER FORMS VIA ABIGAIL, GAEL Abagil, Abgail, Abi, Gaelle




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How popular is Gail?

Gail is a very prominent first name for women (#155 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#21553 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Gail reached its top rank of #44 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Abigail (#11 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Abi, Gaile, Gale, Gay, Gayla, Gayle and Gaylene are the popular varying forms of Gail ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Gail was widespread a decade ago (USAGE OF 0.9%) and is somewhat less today (USAGE 0.6%, DOWN 32%), with forms such as Gay falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gail, Abigail, Gaile, Gale, Gay in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gayla, Gayle, Gaylene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Abi, Abigail outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gail is alike in pronunciation to Gill, Gul and Gull. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Amil, Ceil, Dail, Gabi, Gaby, Gada, Gae, Gaea, Gai, Gaia, Gaiea, Gala, Galila, Galit, Galla, Gana, Ganit, Gavi, Gaye, Geila, Gia, Gig, Gila, Glila, Gwin, Hadil, Jayil, Jil, Lil, Phil, Rahil and Teil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gail.

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