Gender: Male Meaning of Gary: "spearman" Origin of Gary: English Gary's Popularity in 2019: #774

Gary Origin and Meaning

The name Gary is a boy's name of English origin meaning "spearman".

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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Rank in US: #774

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Pop Culture References for the name Gary

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!