Gary Origin and Meaning

The name Gary is a boy's name of English origin meaning "spearman".

When Gary cracked the Top 10 in 1950, it was one of the first nonclassic boys’ names to do so, largely due to Gary (born Frank) Cooper, who was renamed after Gary, Indiana, his agent's hometown. Now, a 65 years later, Gary isn't particularly high in the charts, and has lost any glitter it had. May we suggest the fuller name Gareth?

# 961 in the US

Gary Rank in US Top 1000

Gary Popularity

Famous People Named Gary

  • Gary Warren HartU.S. Senator and diplomat
  • Gary BarlowEnglish TV personality and singer of pop group Take That
  • Gary BuseyAmerican actor
  • Gary Michael ColeAmerican actor
  • Gary Wayne ColemanAmerican actor
  • Frank James "Gary" CooperAmerican actor
  • Gary Robert Durdin "Gary Dourdan"American actor
  • Gary Evan CrosbyAmerican actor; son of singer/actor Bing Crosby
  • Gary LeRoi GrayAmerican actor
  • (Ernest) Gary GygaxAmerican creator of the game "Dungeons & Dragons"
  • Gary Earl JohnsonAmerican politician; 29th governor of New Mexico
  • Gary LaneAmerican actor; twin brother Larry Lane
  • Gary LarsonAmerican cartoonist of The Far Side
  • Gary Winston LinekerEnglish footballer
  • (Robert William) Gary MooreNorthern Irish guitarist
  • Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb)English singer,songwriter
  • Gary Leonard OldmanEnglish actor
  • Gary PlayerSouth African pro golfer
  • Gary Alan SiniseAmerican actor
  • Gary Lee UsherAmerican musician, songwriter and producer
  • Gary ShirleyAmerican reality TV personality of "Teen Mom"
  • Gary CBritish vlogger
  • Gary Yia Lee (born Lee Yia)Hmong anthropologist and author
  • Gary MedelChilean professional footballer

Gary in Pop Culture

  • Gary the Snailcharacter on animated series "SpongeBob Squarepants"
  • Gary Bellcharacter on TV's "Alphas"
  • Gary "Eggsy" Unwinmain character in film "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
  • Gary "Gaz" Grailquestcharacter on TV's "The Worst Witch"
  • Gary Walkercharacter on TV's "Numb3rs"
  • Gary Oakcharacter in Pokemon video game series
  • Gary Gigglescharacter in "Spy Kids" series
  • Garymain character in "Her Pocket Boyfriend" by Tina Tirrell
  • GaryIndiana, USA
  • Gary Chalmers aka Superintendent Chalmerscharacter on "The Simpsons"