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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Gail
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Gail in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Gail:
Records indicate that 199,957 girls in the United States have been named Gail since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1951, when 9,875 people in the U.S. were given the name Gail. Those people are now 69 years old.
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Comments about the name Gail
Based on the comments submitted below
10 Positive Comments
"The gender ambiguity of my name (spelled "Gail," which could be of either gender) came in handy. When I was in the Air Force, when people would call and ask to speak to "him," my NCOs enjoyed telling the caller, "No, but you can speak to her."
I was born in 1955 near the peak of popularity of "Gail" as a girl's name. However, it still wasn't common. It was annoying as a kid to not be able to find anything (jewelry, souvenirs, little metal license plates) with my name on it, unlike my cousins Jim, Bob, John, or Barbara." Jun. 7, 2020:
"My Grandma named me Gail. I was born on her b/day in 1963. She named me after her favorite actress on a soap opera in Couer"d Alene ID. I didn't like the name growing up. I was over weight and kids called me Gail the whale. I've only met two others named Gail. I've come to like my name. It's not popular and every one remembers me." Aug. 23, 2019:
"I'm 65 and my mom named me for the Irish
"Gaelic." She told me had I been a boy, my
name would have been "Gael." I would have
told people, "call me Butch."" Apr. 18, 2018:
"My mother's name is Gail, my sister's name is Barbara Gail, her daughter's name is Julia Gail and I named my daughter Gail. She's 24 now and claims she hates it because she's been the only one. I say it's better than being 4 Brittany's or Stephanie's or Samantha's that she had in classes." Oct. 30, 2015:
"In the '50s it was a very popular girls name. I have always been called "stormy Gail" and I love it! Not many of us out there. I like to stand out from the popular :)" Oct. 1, 2015:
"I personally love the name. We named our daughter Gail because we have a long last name, and it would be easy for a child to learn. Our daughter loves the name, as there are not a lot of Gails around. Today she is a strong woman, and we are very proud of her." Jul. 6, 2015:
"I've had no problem with this name, everybody knows how to spell it. In the 70s there was maybe one other Gail in the school, so I was usually the only Gail in the class. In the big corporation where I work there are like two or three other Gails, worldwide. I was born in '63. It seems to have been more popular in the old days. Sometimes I wish my Mom had spelled it with a y , just to spice it up. I've always liked my name though." Jun. 9, 2015:
"Names has meanings;good or bad!Gail is a beautiful name.It has great meanings.For example courageous, strong,a father's joy, peaceful,blessings etc.It also has origins in languages such as Hebrew,African,Arabic,English and the Bible.I personally love it because it has a 'soft-sound',uncommon and my mom choose it from the Bible.It stands out." Mar. 19, 2013:
"I think Gail is a classic, simple name. I have a close friend named Gail -- she's hip, beautiful, and independent." Mar. 15, 2008:
"My mom's name is Gail :P I couldn't imagine her being named anything else xD" Dec. 7, 2006:
2 Negative Comments
"I seldom meet other people named Gail. I don't like the name myself and wish I had another name at times. It is unappealing to me and plain." Dec. 28, 2007:
"Love it great name. It is associated to weather. Gale winds. Yes people want to spell it Gale, but mine is Gail Thanks" Jul. 12, 2006:
10 Neutral Comments
"I love it. It?s my name, and it?s rarly heard these days." Oct. 16, 2018:
"I love my name. Born 1980. My mother wanted to pick something different. Imy glad my mom spelled it Gail, no one ever spells it right so when I correct it then they remember. Think mom might have picked more from the Irish relation to the word Gaelic. Proud 'gal' here!" Dec. 22, 2017:
"I would have not chose the name myself, but my mother chose it a woman that was born number 9 of 10 children in 1926! She was a fabulous mother who had the patience of a saint. Who kept me sheltered from things that were a lot harder in my household that I needed to know. because my mother chose it I love it. I would like to change it now that she has passed. I'm older but feeling younger. But somehow I feel like I lose the connection to my mother. I lost everything else because of those Wicked family things that happen when people are getting older. She was taken from my life what it was her choice to have me take care of her. So I have no pictures of her event she was taken along with everything I had including my father so I'll keep anything I can get including the name love you Mama" Sep. 27, 2017:
"My name is Gail and I was born in the late 1950s. My best fried is Gail too. I never really thought about whether I liked it or not. I changed my name as a kid when I played house to "Leslie". I guess I liked it better than Gail. I never had any Gails in my class growing up but now I know several." Aug. 4, 2016:
"I was named Gail in 1956. I never liked it. It just seemed such a "hard" name and people loved to make fun of it by rhyming it with something. Gail, whale, jail, snail, anything, so that made it harder to bear, I think. For me, I always wanted a nice soft pretty name, so when I was about 30 years old, I changed my name. I don't use Gail anymore and haven't for about 30 years." Feb. 15, 2016:
"I have always had a problem with people spelling my name. I don't know why. It is not unusal and the spelling is just typical.
I love my name. I am my Fathers Daughter. I am associated with Abigail, which I love. And most of all, my bother named me after his kidegarden girl friend. How great is that!" Mar. 20, 2013:
"Gails are strong, capable people. . . according to my mother. The name is not my favorite. I didn't know any "Gails" growing up so I always felt the name was strange. I'm very glad I wasn't a boy, though. I would have *hated* the name if I was. - I am fairly strong and independent so I guess my mother got some mileage out of naming me Gail after all." Jun. 26, 2009:
"I like it. My mother name me after a nurse in Brooklyn New York; where I was born. I am grateful. I could of been named with a weird name that would of meant nothing." Feb. 18, 2009:
"I don't like it when people spell it wrong, because they never took the time to ask. My dad named me and that makes my name dear to me. It has been an ok name to grow up with. It's just my name." Feb. 13, 2007:
"gail is a whale
who used a pail to cry a wail
but she soon dearailed
on a plane to kail
everyone cuz she was a giant
name greeen ogre gail the whale
who sat in a trail
and bent over the rail
to see the pail
that once dereailed" Nov. 27, 2005:
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