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What does Gael mean?

Gael Pronunciation of Gael as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Gael) is of French origin. The French name GaŽl may be a short form of the Breton name JudicaŽl, meaning "generous leader". The name may also be a short form of GwenaŽl (gwenn "white, fair, pure", and hael "generous"), the name of a Breton saint. The term was first used in English to refer to the Highland Celts of Scotland. The Scots term Gaidheal probably evolved from the Irish goidel, which may be traced back to the Old Celtic word gwydd, meaning "wild". Sounds similar to and may also be used as a respelling of Gail, which is traditionally female.


ASSOCIATED WITH generous (gracious), leader, pure, saint, irish (gaelic), old



RELATED FORMS VIA GAIL Gaell, Gaelle, Gaile, Gayle




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How popular is Gael?

Gael is a rare first name for males. Gael is an equivalently rare surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Gael entered the list in 2002 and reached its highest rank of #132 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Gael (#132 VIA LATEST LIST) listed in the Top 2000 are Gail, Gale and Gayle. Usage of these forms of Gael is well-received among parents today (ADOPTION OF 0.2%), except for forms such as Gayle which have become less stylish. Gael is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation.

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

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

Similar Names

Gael is alike in pronunciation to Gaell, Gaelle, Gaile, Gal, Gall, Gayle, Gil and Gill. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Abel, Acel, Adel, Amel, Anael, Arel, Asael, Avel, Buel, Cadel, Cael, Capel, Carel, Dael, Darel, Del, Gab, Gabe, Gabi, Gaby, Gad, Gadi, Gadiel, Gaelan, Gaer, Gage, Gaill, Galil, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Gamal, Gamel, Gamul (see Gamal), Gard, Garek, Garen, Garey, Gari, Gary, Gaven, Gay, Gaz, Ger, Greg, Hamel, Harel, Havel, Jael, Jamel, Kael, Kapel, Karel, Nagel, Neel, Niel, Noel, Orel, Pavel, Pawel, Pazel, Peel, Rafel, Ruel, Sahel, Udel and Yael. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gael.