Gay Origin and Meaning

The name Gay is a boy's name of French origin meaning "joyful".

The meaning of this word flipped from "cheerful" to "homosexual" during the twentieth century, and it's now almost certainly too loaded to sit comfortably as a baby name. Which is a shame as sound-wise it's very appealing, just a short step away from Gray, Gale and Guy.

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Famous People Named Gay

  • Gay TaleseAmerican journalist
  • Gay HendricksAmerican self,help author
  • Gay Robert BrewerJr., American golfer
  • Gaylord Damian "Gay" BryanAmerican track athlete
  • Gabriel Mary "Gay" ByrneIrish TV presenter
  • Gabriel Alexander "Gay" MitchellIrish MEP
  • Gay KindersleyBritish jockey and trainer

Gay in Pop Culture

  • Gay LanglandClark Gable's character in The Misfits (1961)
  • Gaylord "Gay" Fockercharacter in Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers (commonly referred to as "Greg")

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