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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gaye

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Gaye is of American origin and means "Strange unfortunate soul".

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Wiktionary

Spelling variant of Gay.

  1. A surname​.
  2. A female given name.
  3. (rare) A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Gaye

Gaye Advert is a punk rock musician. She plays Bass guitar. Gaye is also known as Gaye Black.

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Gaye Adegbalola is a blues singing and guitarist. She plays Human voice and Guitar. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Gaye was given the name Gaye Todd on March 21st, 1944 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.

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Gaye Delorme was a musician. He plays Guitar. His career lasted from 1970 to 2011. Gaye was born on March 20th, 1947 in Thunder Bay. He left this life on June 24th, 2011.

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Gaye Stewart was a hockey player. His career lasted from 1941 to 1955. Gaye was born on June 28th, 1923 in Fort William, Ontario. He breathed his last breath on November 18th, 2010.

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Gaye Symington is a 91st Speaker of theVermont House of Representatives. Gaye was born on April 20th, 1954.

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Gaye Kruger is an actress, singer, dancer, voice actress, and promotional marketing consultant. Gaye was given the name Gaye Rescher on April 17th, 1951 in Los Angeles. Gaye is also known as Gaye Rescher Ribble and Gaye Kruger Ribble.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gaye

Marvin Gaye was a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and composer. He holds the title I Heard It through the Grapevine", Let's Get It On", and Sexual Healing". Marvin was given the name Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. by his parents Marvin Gay, Sr., and Alberta Gay on April 2nd, 1939 in Washington, D.C., U.S. He passed away on April 1st, 1984.

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Nona Gaye is a singer, fashion model, and actress. Her ongoing career started in 1992. Nona was given the name Nona Marvisa Gaye on September 4th, 1974 in Washington, D.C.

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Anna Gordy Gaye was a songwriter, composer, and businessperson. Anna was given the name Anna Ruby Gordy by her parent Gordy family on January 28th, 1922 in Oconee, Georgia. Anna is also known as Gordy and Anna Ruby. She died on January 31st, 2014.

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Frankie Gaye was a music artist (occupation) and recording artist. Frankie was given the name Frances Gay on November 15th, 1941 in Washington, D.C. U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 30th, 2001.

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Lisa was given the name Leslie Gaye Griffin on March 6th, 1935 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Lisa is also known as Griffin and Leslie Gaye.

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Gregory Gaye was an actor. He was most prominent from 1928 to 1979. Gregory was given the name Gregory de Gay on October 10th, 1900 in Saint Petersburg. Gregory is also known as Gay and Gregory De. He breathed his last breath on August 23rd, 1993.

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How popular is the baby name Gaye in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1909 5 5 0
1910 6 6 0
1911 5 5 0
1913 5 5 0
1914 8 8 0
1915 7 7 0
1916 10 10 0
1917 9 9 0
1918 9 9 0
1919 10 10 0
1920 9 9 0
1921 6 6 0
1922 6 6 0
1923 13 13 0
1924 11 11 0
1925 9 9 0
1926 6 6 0
1927 12 12 0
1928 21 21 0
1929 13 13 0
1930 18 18 0
1931 27 27 0
1932 40 40 0
1933 38 38 0
1934 46 46 0
1935 82 82 0
1936 96 96 0
1937 80 80 0
1938 80 80 0
1939 92 92 0
1940 89 89 0
1941 75 75 0
1942 98 98 0
1943 132 132 0
1944 131 131 0
1945 128 128 0
1946 130 130 0
1947 210 210 0
1948 178 178 0
1949 162 162 0
1950 156 156 0
1951 176 176 0
1952 219 219 0
1953 222 222 0
1954 207 207 0
1955 196 196 0
1956 222 222 0
1957 193 193 0
1958 193 193 0
1959 260 260 0
1960 268 268 0
1961 229 229 0
1962 203 203 0
1963 159 159 0
1964 155 155 0
1965 128 128 0
1966 93 93 0
1967 84 84 0
1968 63 63 0
1969 67 67 0
1970 47 47 0
1971 32 32 0
1972 17 17 0
1973 12 12 0
1974 18 18 0
1975 8 8 0
1976 8 8 0

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Popularity of Gaye as a first name

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Popularity of Gaye as a last name

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Common last names for Gaye

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Common first names for Gaye

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gaye U.S.
  White 15.84% 64.26%
  African American 80.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gaye

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

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Fun Facts about the name Gaye

  • How Popular is the name Gaye? Gaye is the 3,453rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Gaye was the 17,447th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gaye have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,747 babies born with the first name Gaye in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gaye to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gaye? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1909 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gaye first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gaye is Wednesday, February 18th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Gaye born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gaye was in 1960 with a total of 268 babies.
  • Random Gaye Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gaye is not a popular baby girl's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Gaye: Your name in reverse order is Eyag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yeag. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gaye? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,616 people with the last name Gaye.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gaye? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gaye as their last name since less than 1 person in 182k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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