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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Gary
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Gary in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Gary:
Records indicate that 896,776 boys in the United States have been named Gary since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1952, when 38,730 people in the U.S. were given the name Gary. Those people are now 68 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Gary
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8 Positive Comments
"My mother named me Garry with to Rs I've never thought about being called any thing else so I suppose it's Ok with me!" Jul. 6, 2012:
"My dads name is Gary, and the better part about it is that his last name's Johnson. Haha I hardly know any other Gary's but there (used to be or might still be) was a Gary Johnson working at the same place as my dad in the same department. It might have been Johnston, but it was very odd haha(:" Nov. 19, 2011:
"I love my name. It's kind of a lame name but that's what keeps it unique." Aug. 13, 2010:
"LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Gary. Of course, this is because I know an amazing man named Gary and the name fits him perfectly." May. 11, 2010:
"My name is Gary and I have never met another person with my name. I love how everyone knows exactly who Gary is." Jan. 18, 2010:
"We named my son Gary... after my husband's cousin and also after Getty Lee from Rush. I love how it is a well known name but not very common in his age range, he's 9." Jun. 4, 2009:
"kinda rare lately to meet another Gary but it does happen. Could be worse I could be a rick..I know 30 ricks." Oct. 6, 2007:
"it is sort of a boring old-man name haha but it's my husband's name and he is GORGEOUS!!!" May. 21, 2007:
10 Neutral Comments
"The name became so popular in the 1950s because of actor Gary Cooper, who starred in such movies as "High Noon", "Pride of the Yankees" and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", and won three Academy Awards along the way.His name is also mentioned in the Irving Berlin song "Puttin' on the Ritz", in the line "Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper, trying hard to look like Gary Cooper."" Jul. 19, 2020:
"I know a Gary. One R. He is fabulous and he has little Gary who is such a cutey. Best name ever." Feb. 1, 2020:
"I'm a Gary and have a Gary Jr. Have known alot of Garys in my life. Most have the middle name Wayne !
Great name." Dec. 8, 2014:
"My mother told me she named me after Gary Cooper when I was born in 1949. This seems to be the popularity in the early 50's. It turned out ok since I am 6'3"." Jan. 9, 2011:
"my name is gary - never liked it as a kid but it's okay now - note how the popularity of the name lines up perfectly with the career and popularity of gary cooper - my parents confessed they named me after him" Jul. 10, 2010:
"My daddys name is Gary and his best friend for life is named Gary too.So we have nicknames for them,Green and G" Apr. 26, 2010:
"my boyfriend is named gary and i can't wait to a boy with him so i can name is gary jr. ;)" Jul. 1, 2009:
"I LOVE GARY! its amazingg i know two Gary's and they're bothh amazinnn[;" Jun. 8, 2009:
"hi there my daddys called gary and he is a well to do man ! Gary is a beautifull name.
Haleigh xx" Jan. 6, 2009:
"Yes my name is Gary. I was born in 1952. I guess that was a cool name back then but now it's so borning I'm considering changing it to something cool like AIOYSIUS yes now thats a great name. Every time people ask me for my name and can't figure out how to spell it, I can tell them when my name was GARY I never once had to spell my borning name for anyone so I guess changeing my name to ALOYSIUS isn,t such a good idea after all. Long live the simple and some what borning names, like GARY and Beth, met 1-23-72 married 6-2-73" Jan. 21, 2007:
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