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Origin: English

Meaning: a variant spelling of Gail, a short form of Abigail meaning "my father is joy".

It's also an English surname derived from Middle English gaile meaning "jovial", "rowdy" or "merry", originating as a nickname for someone who was cheerful or boisterous. It could also be from Norman-French gaoile meaning "jail", either an occupational surname for someone who was a jailer or someone who lived near a jail.

A gale is also a very strong wind, though it's also an English noun word referring to a "loud burst of emotion or sound" (ex: They burst into a gale of laughter).

  • Gayle (unisex)
  • Gail (unisex)