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Gary

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903k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gary

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

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  1. A city in northwest Indiana on Lake Michigan; steel production
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Medieval short form of Germanic compound names beginning with gari (“spear”)/geri (“spear”), such as Gerard, Gerald, or Gerbert. Cognate with the Scottish and Irish Gaelic name Garaidh.

  • The last-century popularity of the given name is due to the American actor Gary Cooper (1901-1961), whose stage name was invented by his agent, a native of Gary, Indiana.
  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A town in Indiana, and other US places named for persons with the surname Gary.
  3. A city in South Dakota
  4. A male given name, popular from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Notable Persons Named Gary

Gary Johnson is an office holder. Gary was born on January 1st, 1953 in Minot, North Dakota.

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Gary Oldman is an actor, filmmaker, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1979. Gary was born on March 21st, 1958 in New Cross, London, England.

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Gary was born on November 14th, 1975 in Babruysk. Gary is also known as Garyvee.

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Gary Ridgway is a criminal. Gary is also known as The Green River Killer, Green River Gary, and The River Man.

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Gary Burghoff is an actor. His career lasted from 1967 to 2010. Gary was given the name Gary Rich Burghoff on May 24th, 1943 in Bristol, Connecticut.

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Gary Speed was a soccer player for the Leeds United F.C. Reserves, Youth Team, Leeds United F.C., Everton F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Bolton Wanderers F.C., Sheffield United F.C., Wales national under-21 football team, and Wales national football team. Gary was born on September 8th, 1969 in Mancot, Flintshire, Wales. He passed away on November 27th, 2011.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gary

Gary is a hip hop music rapping, songwriter, entrepreneurship, record producer, and celebrity. He plays Rapping. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Gary was born on February 24th, 1978 in South Korea.

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Lorraine Gary is an actress. She was most prominent from 1967 to 1987. Lorraine was given the name Lorraine Gottfried on August 16th, 1937 in Forest Hills, New York, U.S.

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Romain Gary is a writer. Romain was given the name Roman Kacew on May 21st, 1914 in Vilnius.

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Linda Gary was a voice actor. She was most active from 1971 to 1995. Linda was given the name Linda Gary Dewoskin on November 4th, 1944 in Los Angeles. She passed away on October 5th, 1995.

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Carlton was born on December 15th, 1952 in Georgia (U.S. state). Carlton is also known as Carl Michaels, Michael David, and The Stocking Strangler.

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Bruce Gary was a rock music, blues rock, and blues musician and record producer. His career lasted from 1969 to 2006. Bruce was born Bruce Gary on April 7th, 1951 in Burbank. He passed away on August 22nd, 2006.

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How popular is the baby 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 85 0 85
1924 90 6 84
1925 120 5 115
1926 115 10 105
1927 130 0 130
1928 240 12 228
1929 542 5 537
1930 731 15 716
1931 1,006 14 992
1932 1,306 13 1,293
1933 2,274 20 2,254 #80 boy name
1934 3,369 14 3,355 #60 boy name
1935 4,507 16 4,491 #44 boy name
1936 5,217 28 5,189 #38 boy name
1937 6,808 38 6,770 #29 boy name
1938 8,892 35 8,857 #22 boy name
1939 9,706 27 9,679 #21 boy name
1940 12,615 44 12,571 #19 boy name
1941 14,616 50 14,566 #19 boy name
1942 17,126 60 17,066 #18 boy name
1943 17,922 58 17,864 #16 boy name
1944 20,121 67 20,054 #15 boy name
1945 21,404 60 21,344 #13 boy name
1946 26,998 79 26,919 #12 boy name
1947 30,118 90 30,028 #12 boy name
1948 28,462 74 28,388 #12 boy name
1949 28,978 55 28,923 #12 boy name
1950 33,825 68 33,757 #10 boy name
1951 38,233 69 38,164 #10 boy name
1952 38,823 87 38,736 #10 boy name
1953 37,010 67 36,943 #10 boy name
1954 38,005 89 37,916 #9 boy name
1955 34,489 87 34,402 #12 boy name
1956 31,862 67 31,795 #13 boy name
1957 29,596 87 29,509 #13 boy name
1958 25,337 65 25,272 #17 boy name
1959 23,370 75 23,295 #20 boy name
1960 21,765 79 21,686 #22 boy name
1961 22,245 93 22,152 #21 boy name
1962 20,970 79 20,891 #22 boy name
1963 18,997 75 18,922 #24 boy name
1964 17,267 61 17,206 #26 boy name
1965 15,324 52 15,272 #27 boy name
1966 14,212 54 14,158 #28 boy name
1967 12,677 63 12,614 #32 boy name
1968 12,054 72 11,982 #32 boy name
1969 11,219 68 11,151 #35 boy name
1970 10,792 64 10,728 #35 boy name
1971 9,246 54 9,192 #38 boy name
1972 7,816 49 7,767 #41 boy name
1973 6,902 47 6,855 #44 boy name
1974 6,492 46 6,446 #48 boy name
1975 6,167 46 6,121 #50 boy name
1976 5,630 38 5,592 #52 boy name
1977 5,497 51 5,446 #58 boy name
1978 5,152 38 5,114 #60 boy name
1979 5,092 52 5,040 #59 boy name
1980 5,079 41 5,038 #63 boy name
1981 4,981 36 4,945 #62 boy name
1982 4,681 43 4,638 #64 boy name
1983 4,317 47 4,270 #68 boy name
1984 3,976 26 3,950 #76 boy name
1985 3,847 35 3,812 #82 boy name
1986 3,752 33 3,719 #84 boy name
1987 3,516 30 3,486 #87 boy name
1988 3,271 26 3,245 #100 boy name
1989 3,142 16 3,126
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 1,902 5 1,897
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 1,043 0 1,043
2003 911 0 911
2004 925 0 925
2005 877 0 877
2006 869 0 869
2007 779 0 779
2008 679 0 679
2009 610 0 610
2010 545 0 545
2011 526 0 526
2012 491 0 491
2013 444 0 444
2014 492 0 492
2015 476 0 476
2016 442 0 442

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Popularity of Gary as a first name

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Popularity of Gary as a last name

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Common last names for Gary

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Cooper
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Baker
  • Walker
  • Wright

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gary U.S.
  White 47.41% 64.26%
  African American 46.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gary

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

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Fun Facts about the name Gary

  • How Popular is the name Gary? Gary is the 49th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gary was the 1,612th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 902,815 babies born with the first name Gary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gary to occupy the country of Fiji with an estimated population of 876,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Gary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gary is Thursday, December 9th, 1841.
  • What year had the most people named Gary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gary was in 1952 with a total of 38,736 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gary!
  • Random Gary Factoid: According to the 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gary ranks 17th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 113 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1958.
  • Weird things about the name Gary: Your name in reverse order is Yrag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ragy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,310 people with the last name Gary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gary? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Gary as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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