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

The name Gail is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father rejoices". Gail and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "ALPHABET Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Gail

Gail Simmons, Canadian TV chef
(Yolanda) Gail Devers, Olympic gold medalist in track and field
Gail Carson Levine, American fantasy novelist
Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
Betty Gale "Gail" Russell, American actress
Gabriella Joyce "Gail" Kobe, American actress
Gail Godwin, American novelist
Gail Simone, American comic book writer
Gail Sheehy, American author, journalist, and lecturer.
Savannah Gail Worley, daughter of singer Darryl Worley & Kimberly Perkins

Pop Culture References for the name Gail

Gail McIntyre, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Gail Peck, character on TV's "Rookie Blue"
Gail Emory, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Gail, character in graphic novel/film "Sin City"

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

Gail's International Variations

Gaelle (French)