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What does Gale mean?

Gale Pronunciation of Gale as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Gale) is of Irish, Gaelic and Old English origin, and the meaning of Gale is "foreigner; cheerful, happy". More common now as a girl's name, where it is a form of Abigail. Football player Gale Sayers.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, old english


VARIANTS Gael, Gaell, Gaelle, Gail, Gaill, Gaille, Gaile, Gayle



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How popular is Gale?

Gale is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#784 out of 1220, Top 64%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#2197 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Gale reached its apex position of #353 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Gale are Abigail, Gael (#132 LAST YEAR), Gail and Gayle. Usage of these relations of Gale is at its peak today (ADOPTION OF 0.16%), except for versions like Gayle which have become less in vogue. Gael has historically been popular among parents.

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

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

Similar Names

Gale is pronounced similarly to Gal, Gall, Gil and Gill. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bale, Cable, Caile, Cale, Cayle, Daile, Dale, Dalle, Dayle, Earle, Erle, Gab, Gabe, Gabi, Gabie, Gable, Gad, Gage, Gaige, Galen, Galeno, Galil, Galin, Gallo, Galo, Galt, Galten, Galven, Galyn, Gamel, Gard, Gared, Garek, Garen, Garey, Garve, Gary, Gauge, Gaven, Gaylen, Gayler, Gere, Gili, Glade, Gore, Graye, Gyles, Hale, Halle, Hayle, Kaile, Kale, Karle, Kayle, Kyle, Ladle, Lale, Nagle, Neale, Nile, Ole, Pavle, Peale, Sable, Udale (see Udell), Vaile, Vale, Wole, Yale, Yule and Zale. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gale.

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