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Gayle

First Name
66k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
8k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Origin and Meaning of Gayle

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

Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, a fanciful spelling of Gail, shortened form of Abigail.
  2. (now rare) A male given name
  3. A surname​.
  4. A South African argot (jargon) used in South African gay and same-sex communities, primarily by Indo-European based speakers.

Notable Persons With the Name Gayle

Julie London was a singer, actress, pin-up model, and singing. She was most prominent from 1944 to 1979. Julie was given the name Gayle Peck on September 26th, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California, United States. She died on October 18th, 2000.

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Gayle King is a magazine editor and morning news anchor. She has been prominent since 1981. Gayle was born on December 28th, 1954 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Gayle Forman is a children's literature, adolescence, and novel novelist. Gayle was born on June 5th, 1970.

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Gayle Hunnicutt is an actress, writer, and former model. She was most prominent from 1966 to 1966. Gayle was born on February 6th, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Gayle McCormick was a rock music and blues musician. She was most prominent from 1965 to 1976. Gayle was born on November 26th, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. She breathed her last breath on March 1st, 2016.

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Gayle Manchin is a First Lady of West Virginia. Gayle was born on June 20th, 1947 in Beckley, West Virginia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gayle

Dwight Gayle is a soccer player for the Crystal Palace F.C., Arsenal F.C. Academy, Stansted F.C., Dagenham & Redbridge F.C., Bishop's Stortford F.C., and Peterborough United F.C. Dwight was born on October 17th, 1989 in Walthamstow, England. Dwight is also known as Gayle and Dwight Devon Boyd.

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Crystal Gayle is a country music, pop music, jazz, and crossover music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to present. Crystal was given the name Brenda Gail Webb on January 9th, 1951.

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Chris Gayle is a cricketer. Chris was born on September 21st, 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Sami Gayle is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Sami was born on January 22nd, 1996 in Weston, Florida, United States.

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Michelle Gayle is a rhythm, blues, soul music, and urban contemporary musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1988 to present. Michelle was given the name Michelle Patricia Gayle on February 2nd, 1971.

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Shaun Gayle is a football player for the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. His career lasted from 1984 to 1995. Shaun was born on March 8th, 1962 in Newport News, Virginia.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1891 9 9 0
1893 5 5 0
1894 8 8 0
1895 6 6 0
1896 9 9 0
1897 11 11 0
1898 17 10 7
1899 12 12 0
1900 16 9 7
1901 9 9 0
1902 18 18 0
1904 15 9 6
1905 20 20 0
1906 17 12 5
1907 20 20 0
1908 15 6 9
1909 18 18 0
1910 20 15 5
1911 22 16 6
1912 54 35 19
1913 60 39 21
1914 83 55 28
1915 126 84 42
1916 166 107 59
1917 184 127 57
1918 183 125 58
1919 154 113 41
1920 159 102 57
1921 163 106 57
1922 160 102 58
1923 154 87 67
1924 186 108 78
1925 178 100 78
1926 167 98 69
1927 182 96 86
1928 203 119 84
1929 190 108 82
1930 228 139 89
1931 261 167 94
1932 338 224 114
1933 364 239 125
1934 645 476 169
1935 855 704 151
1936 897 717 180
1937 865 720 145
1938 952 803 149
1939 967 843 124
1940 1,225 1,086 139
1941 1,138 1,006 132
1942 1,291 1,189 102
1943 1,554 1,423 131
1944 1,368 1,233 135
1945 1,612 1,490 122
1946 2,072 1,926 146
1947 2,619 2,485 134
1948 2,192 2,066 126
1949 2,411 2,293 118
1950 2,465 2,368 97
1951 2,927 2,824 103
1952 2,734 2,633 101
1953 2,761 2,666 95
1954 2,571 2,499 72
1955 2,559 2,482 77
1956 2,353 2,289 64
1957 2,248 2,191 57
1958 2,008 1,944 64
1959 1,888 1,829 59
1960 1,532 1,492 40
1961 1,486 1,445 41
1962 1,299 1,266 33
1963 1,128 1,108 20
1964 1,132 1,107 25
1965 997 955 42
1966 812 776 36
1967 710 695 15
1968 666 651 15
1969 640 620 20
1970 552 535 17
1971 461 446 15
1972 339 323 16
1973 280 263 17
1974 272 263 9
1975 193 184 9
1976 204 193 11
1977 186 170 16
1978 174 174 0
1979 168 159 9
1980 145 145 0
1981 156 146 10
1982 149 149 0
1983 112 112 0
1984 111 104 7
1985 108 97 11
1986 92 83 9
1987 78 78 0
1988 70 70 0
1989 78 71 7
1990 47 47 0
1991 48 48 0
1992 43 43 0
1993 43 43 0
1994 36 36 0
1995 30 30 0
1996 45 45 0
1997 31 31 0
1998 29 29 0
1999 18 18 0
2000 20 20 0
2001 30 30 0
2002 11 11 0
2003 10 10 0
2004 8 8 0
2005 9 9 0
2006 9 9 0
2007 7 7 0
2008 15 15 0
2009 11 11 0
2010 7 7 0
2011 6 6 0
2012 5 5 0
2014 7 7 0

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Popularity of Gayle as a first name

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Popularity of Gayle as a last name

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Common last names for Gayle

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  • Johnson
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  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Brown
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  • Martin
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Nelson
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gayle U.S.
  White 30.90% 64.26%
  African American 61.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.30% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.35% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gayle

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

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Fun Facts about the name Gayle

  • How Popular is the name Gayle? Gayle is the 833rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Gayle was the 4,481st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gayle have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 66,242 babies born with the first name Gayle in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gayle to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gayle? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1891 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Gayle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gayle is Friday, September 5th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Gayle born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gayle was in 1951 with a total of 2,824 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gayle!
  • Random Gayle Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gayle ranks 86th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, 78 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1948.
  • Weird things about the name Gayle: Your name in reverse order is Elyag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lgaye. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gayle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,916 people with the last name Gayle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gayle? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Gayle as their last name.

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What does the name Gayle mean?

Gis for generous, your giving nature.

Ais for admirers, and all that you have!

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

Lis for life, that you live so well.

Eis for enduring, forever will your memory remain

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.