Hebrew, short form of Abigail
"my father rejoices"

Gail Origin and Meaning

The name Gail is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father rejoices".

Gail was a mid-twentieth century favorite, which has been far surpassed by its original form, Abigail and nickname Abby. Spelling variations include Gale and Gayle, the latter represented by TV journalist and Oprah bestie Gayle King. Gail was most popular in the 1950s, when it was in the Top 40, and could rise again, possibly as a middle.

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Gail Rank in US Top 1000

# 1198 on Nameberry

Gail Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Gail Popularity

Famous People Named Gail

  • Gail SimmonsCanadian TV chef
  • (Yolanda) Gail DeversOlympic gold medalist in track and field
  • Gail Carson LevineAmerican fantasy novelist
  • Gail KimCanadian professional wrestler
  • Betty Gale "Gail" RussellAmerican actress
  • Gabriella Joyce "Gail" KobeAmerican actress
  • Gail GodwinAmerican novelist
  • Gail SimoneAmerican comic book writer
  • Gail SheehyAmerican author, journalist, and lecturer.
  • Savannah Gail Worleydaughter of singer Darryl Worley & Kimberly Perkins

Gail in Pop Culture

  • Gail McIntyrecharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Gail Peckcharacter on TV's "Rookie Blue"
  • Gail Emorycharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • Gailcharacter in graphic novel/film "Sin City"