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Gary

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Spear Rule
  • #48 All Time
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< 1k Gari (American)

How popular is the name "Gary" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 6 0 6
1881 6 0 6
1882 10 0 10
1884 5 0 5
1885 7 0 7
1886 7 0 7
1887 7 0 7
1888 6 0 6
1890 11 0 11
1891 6 0 6
1892 15 0 15
1893 7 0 7
1894 10 0 10
1895 12 0 12
1896 13 0 13
1897 13 0 13
1898 7 0 7
1899 8 0 8
1900 9 0 9
1901 10 0 10
1902 18 0 18
1903 8 0 8
1904 11 0 11
1905 16 0 16
1906 16 0 16
1907 16 0 16
1908 27 0 27
1909 12 0 12
1910 16 0 16
1911 25 0 25
1912 44 0 44
1913 40 0 40
1914 59 0 59
1915 85 6 79
1916 72 0 72
1917 79 7 72
1918 79 5 74
1919 89 7 82
1920 81 7 74
1921 95 9 86
1922 78 5 73
1923 86 0 86
1924 90 6 84
1925 120 5 115
1926 115 10 105
1927 131 0 131
1928 240 12 228
1929 542 5 537
1930 731 15 716
1931 1,006 14 992
1932 1,307 13 1,294
1933 2,272 20 2,252 #80 boy name
1934 3,370 14 3,356 #60 boy name
1935 4,506 16 4,490 #44 boy name
1936 5,218 28 5,190 #38 boy name
1937 6,807 38 6,769 #29 boy name
1938 8,890 35 8,855 #22 boy name
1939 9,707 27 9,680 #21 boy name
1940 12,611 44 12,567 #19 boy name
1941 14,617 50 14,567 #19 boy name
1942 17,126 60 17,066 #18 boy name
1943 17,919 58 17,861 #16 boy name
1944 20,119 67 20,052 #15 boy name
1945 21,402 60 21,342 #13 boy name
1946 26,995 79 26,916 #12 boy name
1947 30,119 90 30,029 #12 boy name
1948 28,452 74 28,378 #12 boy name
1949 28,984 55 28,929 #12 boy name
1950 33,821 68 33,753 #10 boy name
1951 38,193 70 38,123 #10 boy name
1952 38,820 87 38,733 #10 boy name
1953 36,999 68 36,931 #10 boy name
1954 37,986 88 37,898 #9 boy name
1955 34,480 87 34,393 #12 boy name
1956 31,863 67 31,796 #13 boy name
1957 29,600 87 29,513 #13 boy name
1958 25,335 65 25,270 #17 boy name
1959 23,371 75 23,296 #20 boy name
1960 21,766 79 21,687 #22 boy name
1961 22,245 93 22,152 #21 boy name
1962 20,973 79 20,894 #22 boy name
1963 18,997 75 18,922 #24 boy name
1964 17,268 61 17,207 #26 boy name
1965 15,334 53 15,281 #27 boy name
1966 14,208 53 14,155 #28 boy name
1967 12,679 63 12,616 #32 boy name
1968 12,054 72 11,982 #32 boy name
1969 11,221 68 11,153 #35 boy name
1970 10,791 64 10,727 #35 boy name
1971 9,247 54 9,193 #38 boy name
1972 7,816 49 7,767 #41 boy name
1973 6,902 47 6,855 #44 boy name
1974 6,490 46 6,444 #48 boy name
1975 6,166 46 6,120 #50 boy name
1976 5,628 38 5,590 #52 boy name
1977 5,495 51 5,444 #58 boy name
1978 5,155 38 5,117 #60 boy name
1979 5,091 52 5,039 #59 boy name
1980 5,079 41 5,038 #63 boy name
1981 4,983 36 4,947 #62 boy name
1982 4,680 43 4,637 #64 boy name
1983 4,318 47 4,271 #68 boy name
1984 3,976 26 3,950 #76 boy name
1985 3,846 35 3,811 #82 boy name
1986 3,752 33 3,719 #84 boy name
1987 3,514 30 3,484 #87 boy name
1988 3,269 26 3,243 #100 boy name
1989 3,144 16 3,128
1990 3,084 15 3,069
1991 2,684 7 2,677
1992 2,404 14 2,390
1993 2,073 9 2,064
1994 1,903 5 1,898
1995 1,633 8 1,625
1996 1,550 8 1,542
1997 1,332 6 1,326
1998 1,345 0 1,345
1999 1,252 0 1,252
2000 1,167 0 1,167
2001 1,013 0 1,013
2002 1,042 0 1,042
2003 911 0 911
2004 924 0 924
2005 878 0 878
2006 868 0 868
2007 778 0 778
2008 679 0 679
2009 610 0 610
2010 545 0 545
2011 526 0 526
2012 488 0 488
2013 443 0 443
2014 490 0 490

Want to know about the populiarty of Gary? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 901,800 babies born with the name Gary in the United States. That's more than enough Garies to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Gary" was in 1952 with a total of 38,733 babies. (That's a lot of baby Garies)

According to the 1933 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Gary" ranks #12 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 73 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1933. Across the entire United States a total of 2,272 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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Gary

The name "Gary" is of English origin, and it means "Spear Rule". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman is an actor, filmmaker, and musician with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1979 to present. Gary was born in 1958 in New Cross, London, England.

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Gary Busey

Gary Busey is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1968 to present. Gary was born in 1944 as William Gary Busey in Goose Creek, Texas, United States.

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Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman is an actor, voice artist, and comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1974 to 2010. Gary was born in 1968 as Gary Wayne Coleman in Zion, Illinois.

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Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow is a musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer specializing in pop music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1986 to present. Gary was born in 1971 in Frodsham, Cheshire, England.

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Gary Dourdan

Gary Dourdan is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1991 to present. Gary was born in 1966 as Gary Robert Durdin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise is an actor, director, and musician with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1973 to present. Gary was born in 1955 as Gary Alan Sinise in Blue Island, Illinois, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

G is for gentle, the nurturing side of you.

A is for agreeable, the best side of you!

R is for radiant, it's your personality!

Y is for yearn, your innermost desires.

Your name in reverse order is "Yrag". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ygar". 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 Gary born Jul 4, 1943

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North of Latin America approximately on 1550. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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