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210k
in the U.S.
since 1880

Gail

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Joy of the Father
  • #344 All Time
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How popular is the name "Gail" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 5 5 0
1882 15 8 7
1883 8 8 0
1884 8 8 0
1885 17 17 0
1886 18 12 6
1887 9 9 0
1888 22 15 7
1889 25 19 6
1890 20 20 0
1891 36 29 7
1892 32 21 11
1893 44 31 13
1894 32 22 10
1895 45 32 13
1896 45 36 9
1897 38 32 6
1898 43 32 11
1899 40 32 8
1900 37 28 9
1901 37 25 12
1902 37 26 11
1903 48 31 17
1904 48 36 12
1905 22 14 8
1906 46 34 12
1907 54 35 19
1908 43 30 13
1909 42 32 10
1910 58 33 25
1911 55 32 23
1912 93 53 40
1913 119 58 61
1914 190 102 88
1915 279 136 143
1916 347 196 151
1917 375 217 158
1918 376 206 170
1919 360 184 176
1920 352 181 171
1921 381 204 177
1922 317 142 175
1923 362 154 208
1924 337 165 172
1925 342 163 179
1926 395 206 189
1927 309 186 123
1928 350 174 176
1929 317 171 146
1930 348 197 151
1931 374 239 135
1932 510 354 156
1933 712 541 171
1934 1,391 1,179 212
1935 1,992 1,798 194
1936 2,564 2,344 220
1937 2,850 2,632 218 #99 girl name
1938 3,409 3,216 193 #77 girl name
1939 3,569 3,352 217 #73 girl name
1940 3,812 3,622 190 #65 girl name
1941 3,807 3,608 199 #68 girl name
1942 4,672 4,445 227 #60 girl name
1943 5,022 4,810 212 #55 girl name
1944 4,720 4,525 195 #56 girl name
1945 4,998 4,831 167 #52 girl name
1946 6,437 6,228 209 #49 girl name
1947 7,444 7,239 205 #49 girl name
1948 6,804 6,602 202 #51 girl name
1949 7,440 7,230 210 #51 girl name
1950 8,521 8,348 173 #42 girl name
1951 10,061 9,882 179 #36 girl name
1952 9,938 9,770 168 #39 girl name
1953 9,732 9,577 155 #39 girl name
1954 9,826 9,718 108 #37 girl name
1955 9,084 8,969 115 #42 girl name
1956 8,554 8,442 112 #49 girl name
1957 8,040 7,937 103 #54 girl name
1958 6,700 6,611 89 #72 girl name
1959 6,456 6,352 104 #75 girl name
1960 5,477 5,419 58 #90 girl name
1961 5,046 4,972 74 #94 girl name
1962 4,445 4,379 66
1963 4,157 4,105 52
1964 3,487 3,448 39
1965 2,897 2,859 38
1966 2,338 2,299 39
1967 2,060 2,023 37
1968 1,833 1,801 32
1969 1,599 1,562 37
1970 1,450 1,426 24
1971 1,223 1,184 39
1972 1,023 989 34
1973 776 746 30
1974 655 630 25
1975 587 561 26
1976 495 475 20
1977 406 392 14
1978 404 393 11
1979 364 351 13
1980 308 302 6
1981 308 291 17
1982 312 306 6
1983 281 275 6
1984 242 237 5
1985 194 194 0
1986 159 154 5
1987 152 144 8
1988 142 136 6
1989 137 131 6
1990 128 128 0
1991 117 117 0
1992 93 93 0
1993 77 77 0
1994 65 65 0
1995 54 54 0
1996 64 64 0
1997 58 58 0
1998 57 57 0
1999 41 41 0
2000 37 37 0
2001 28 28 0
2002 29 29 0
2003 37 37 0
2004 45 45 0
2005 24 24 0
2006 21 21 0
2007 23 23 0
2008 18 18 0
2009 19 19 0
2010 15 15 0
2011 14 14 0
2012 21 21 0
2013 23 23 0
2014 13 13 0

Want to know about the populiarty of Gail? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 210,495 babies born with the name Gail in the United States. That's more than enough Gails to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Gail" was in 1951 with a total of 9,882 babies. (That's a lot of baby Gails)

According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Gail" ranks #30 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 28 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1946. Across the entire United States a total of 6,437 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Gail popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Gail" mean? The list below shows the origins of Gail as well as things modernly associated with the name Gail such as celebrities named Gail.

English

Origin and Meaning of Gail

The name "Gail" is of English origin, and it means "Joy of the Father". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Gail Kim

Gail Kim is a professional wrestler. Gail was born in 1976 as Gail Kim in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Gail Porter

Gail Porter is a tv presenter. Gail was born in 1971 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Gail O'Grady

Gail O'Grady is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1986 to present. Gail was born in 1963 as Gail Ann O'Grady in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Gail Russell

Gail Russell is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1943 to 1961. Gail was born in 1924 as Elizabeth L. Russell in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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Gail Devers

Gail Devers is a sportsperson. Gail was born in 1966 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

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Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1959 to 1990. Gail was born in 1935 in Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

G is for generous, your giving nature.

A is for agreeable, the best side of you!

I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.

L is for lucky, who is more?

Your name in reverse order is "Liag". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Algi". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Gail born Jan 3, 1971

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central England approximately on 975. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

Name poster for Gail

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