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Gender: Male Meaning of Gary: "spearman" Origin of Gary: English Gary's Popularity in 2017: #637

The name Gary is a boy's name of English origin meaning "spearman". Gary is ranked #637 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Popular English Boys' Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

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?

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Famous People Named Gary

Gary Warren Hart, U.S. Senator and diplomat
Gary Barlow, English TV personality and singer of pop group Take That
Gary Busey, American actor
Gary Michael Cole, American actor
Gary Wayne Coleman, American actor
Frank James "Gary" Cooper, American actor
Gary Robert Durdin "Gary Dourdan", American actor
Gary Evan Crosby, American actor; son of singer/actor Bing Crosby
Gary LeRoi Gray, American actor
(Ernest) Gary Gygax, American creator of the game "Dungeons & Dragons"
Gary Earl Johnson, American politician; 29th governor of New Mexico
Gary Lane, American actor; twin brother Larry Lane
Gary Larson, American cartoonist of The Far Side
Gary Winston Lineker, English footballer
(Robert William) Gary Moore, Northern Irish guitarist
Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb), English singer-songwriter
Gary Leonard Oldman, English actor
Gary Player, South African pro golfer
Gary Alan Sinise, American actor
Gary Lee Usher, American musician, songwriter and producer
Gary Shirley, American reality TV personality of "Teen Mom"
Gary C, British vlogger
Gary Yia Lee (born Lee Yia), Hmong anthropologist and author
Gary Medel, Chilean professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Gary

Gary the Snail, character on animated series "SpongeBob Squarepants"
Gary Bell, character on TV's "Alphas"
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, main character in film "Kingsman: The Secret Service"
Gary "Gaz" Grailquest, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Gary Walker, character on TV's "Numb3rs"
Gary Oak, character in Pokemon video game series
Gary Giggles, character in "Spy Kids" series
Gary, main character in "Her Pocket Boyfriend" by Tina Tirrell
Gary, Indiana, USA

Gari, Garey, Garry, Garrie


Kimbie Says:


Lots of Gary’s in my day and I never understood the appeal. Not strong or masculine to my ear. Sorry Gary Cooper, but I’d rather name a boy Cooper than Gary any day or decade.

Myanover Says:


I do NOT like the name Gary because it reminds me of a snail and snails are yucky😕

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is super dated, along with Darren and Jason. I don't think Gary will come back into style. I prefer not to hear the 'glitter' reference, though. It's not even his real name, and the name would be out of style anyway, without his 'help', in my opinion.

Marlz81 Says:


This name is soo dated:/

vintageisfave Says:


This is my dads name aha. Even he admits "there aren't many little Garys running around anymore"

Hydra Says:


Hmph. Well, I, unlike the majority of people, actually like Gary. I think it's cute but substantial, and it reminds of names such as James and Robert. I'm not happy it's leaving.

lesliemarion Says:


Can't stand this name, happy to see it fade away. Funny thing, as soon as nameberry noted it was going extinct, comedian Bill Maher did a very funny "New Rules" riff on it. Go nameberry!