Gender: Female Meaning of Gail: "my father rejoices" Origin of Gail: Hebrew, short form of Abigail

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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Pop Culture References for the name Gail

Gayla, Gaylene, Gaila, Gayle, Gaile, Gayelle, Gal, Gayleen, Gael, Gayel, Gaylla, Gaill, Gaela, Gayline, Gale, Gahl,

Gail's International Variations

Gaelle (French)


scblovesnames Says:


It's a sweet name. It works well on its own and also as a cute alternative nickname to Abby for Abigail.

Wittyusername103 Says:


This name needs to come back. I mean it fits in perfectly with Summer & Autumn and it is short just like Aria and Lily. I think it will be another 5 years or so but it will be back.

Word Warrior Says:


Actually, the meaning of Abigail from the Hebrew is "joy of my father." Gail alone is simply "joy."

Haids1987 Says:


This name has a lovely meaning and a rich history, but unfortunately for me it's a middle-aged woman's name. I can't see a sweet baby girl wearing this name in the current year.

Brainieblonde Says:


My mom was given this beautiful, less common name. At least it was less common when she was in school. I love to look up names to use when I write and I plan to keep family members in mind should I never have children.

abigail1427 Says:


Gail is a beautiful name and it's cute and It's my middle name. This name should come back.

amberann2002 Says:


Gave this as a meaningful middle name to my daughter-- My husband especially loves the meaning. She is definitely the source of her father's joy!