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Gender: Feminine
: English
Gayle is a respelling of Gail, short for Abigail, the modern English form of a Hebrew name. Originally it meant “Father Rejoices.”

Gayle, a diminutive for Abigail, became fairly common in its own right, even when Abigail itself was almost unknown.
Please see Abigail, or Gail, for more information.

Pronunciation: gail

Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
0.043 % named Gayle
0.008 % named Gayla

Popularity of Gayle
Popularity (for newborns)
In the United States...
1900-1910: 899th most popular.
1910-1920: 762nd most popular.
1920-1930: 733rd most popular.
1930-1940: 267th most popular.
1940-1950: 164th most popular.
1950-1960: 158th most popular.
1960-1970: 281st most popular.
1970-1980: 578th most popular.
1980-2000: N/A

Popularity of Gayla:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
1900-1940: N/A
1940-1950: 749th most popular.
1950-1960: 493rd most popular.
1960-1970: 559th most popular.

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