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Gail

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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 1,993 1,799 194
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 3,570 3,353 217 #73 girl name
1940 3,812 3,622 190 #65 girl name
1941 3,807 3,608 199 #68 girl name
1942 4,671 4,444 227 #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 6,806 6,604 202 #51 girl name
1949 7,439 7,229 210 #51 girl name
1950 8,522 8,349 173 #42 girl name
1951 10,062 9,883 179 #36 girl name
1952 9,935 9,767 168 #39 girl name
1953 9,738 9,583 155 #39 girl name
1954 9,824 9,716 108 #37 girl name
1955 9,085 8,970 115 #42 girl name
1956 8,553 8,441 112 #49 girl name
1957 8,042 7,939 103 #54 girl name
1958 6,699 6,610 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 3,486 3,447 39
1965 2,897 2,859 38
1966 2,339 2,300 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 654 629 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 63 63 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
2015 15 15 0

Fun Facts about the name Gail

  • How many people with the first name Gail have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 210,514 babies born with the first name Gail in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gail to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gail? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gail first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gail is Monday, January 22nd, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Gail born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gail was in 1951 with a total of 9,883 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gail!
  • Random Gail Factoid: According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gail ranks 77th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 58 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1949.
  • Weird things about the name Gail: Your name in reverse order is Liag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lgai. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gail? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 721 people with the last name Gail.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gail? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gail as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Gail as a first name

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Popularity of Gail as a last name

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Common last names for Gail

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Young
  • Wright

Common first names for Gail

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gail U.S.
  White 66.99% 64.26%
  African American 22.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.25% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gail

People with the last name Gail are most frequently White or African American

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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.

Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, a diminutive of Abigail.
  2. Alternative spelling of Gayle (given name)
  3. Alternative spelling of Gayle (A jargon in South Africa.)

Notable Persons With the Name Gail

Gail Kim

Gail Kim is a wrestler. Gail was born on February 20th, 1977 in Toronto.

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Gail Zappa

Gail Zappa was a trustee of zappa family trust and trustee of zappa family trust (2002–2015). Gail was given the name Adelaide Gail Sloatman on January 1st, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. She breathed her last breath on October 7th, 2015.

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Gail Porter

Gail Porter is a television presenter, television personality, former model, and actress. Gail was born on March 23rd, 1971 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Gail Simone

Gail Simone is a comics creator.

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Gail O'Grady

Gail O'Grady is an actress. Her career lasted from 1986 to 1986. Gail was given the name Gail Ann O'Grady on January 23rd, 1963 in Detroit.

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Gail Russell

Gail Russell was an actress. Her career lasted from 1943 to 1943. Gail was given the name Elizabeth L. Russell on September 21st, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She breathed her last breath on August 26th, 1961.

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  • Gail Fisher
    (actress)
  • Gail Seymore Halvorsen
    (military person)
  • Gail Ann Dorsey
    (musician)
  • Craig Stevens
    (influential individual)
  • Gail Goodrich
    (basketball player)
  • Gail Patrick
    (notable individual)
  • Gail Devers
    (athlete)
  • Gail Kobe
    (actor)
  • Gail Davis
    (actor)
  • Gail Harris
    (model)
  • Gail Carriger
    (writer)
  • Gail Dines
    (influential somebody)
  • Gail Borden
    (engineer)
  • Gail Carson Levine
    (writer)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Gail

Max Gail

Max Gail is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1970. Max was given the name Maxwell Trowbridge Gail, Jr. on April 5th, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, US.

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Jane Gail

Jane Gail was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1909 to 1920. Jane was given the name Ethel S. Magee on August 16th, 1890 in Salem, New York, U.S. She left this life on January 30th, 1963.

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Sophie Gail

Sophie Gail was a noteworthy somebody. Sophie was born on August 28th, 1775 in Paris. She passed away on July 24th, 1819.

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Otto Willi Gail

Otto Willi Gail was a noteworthy person. Otto was born on July 18th, 1896 in Gunzenhausen. He passed away on March 29th, 1956.

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Philippa Gail

Philippa Gail was a television actor, actor, and film actor. She was most prominent from 1963 to 1992. Philippa was born on August 16th, 1942 in United Kingdom. Philippa is also known as Philippa J. Gordge. She left this life on July 26th, 1999.

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Luis Miguel Gail

Luis Miguel Gail is a soccer player for the Real Valladolid, Real Valladolid B, Real Betis, Spain national under-18 football team, Spain national under-19 football team, and Spain national under-20 football team. Luis was born on February 23rd, 1961 in Valladolid. Luis is also known as Gail and Luis.

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What does the name Gail mean?

Gis for glow, the warmth of your smile.

Ais for aware, of your surroundings

Iis for intellect, your high capacity for knowledge

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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