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Gale is a classic baby name poised for a revival in the 21st century. Simple and sweet, this name is a viable choice for both boys and girls. Gale is the name of a popular character in the Marvel Comics universe, and Gale Hawthorne is the name of Liam Hemsworth's character in The Hunger Games. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Gale:

Hebrew: Joy
Old English: Jovial
Middle English: Strong wind
Greek: Tranquility

Origin of the name Gale:

Gale is a classic baby name with several etymologies. The first origin is the Hebrew word גִּיל (meaning “joy”). This is the same Hebrew element found in Abigail (אֲבִיגָיִל), a name that means “my father is joy.” Gale may also derive from the Old English word gaile (meaning “jovial”). An alternative definition is that Gale may derive from the Middle English term gale (meaning “gust,” “powerful wind,” or “breeze”). Finally, Gale may originate as a diminutive of the Greek name Galênê (meaning “tranquility”).

Symbolism of the name Gale:

Gale originates from the Hebrew name for “joy” or from an English word that means “wind.” Alternatively, Gale is the diminutive of the Greek name Galene (meaning “tranquility”). In Greek mythology, Galene was a sea nymph and minor goddess who encouraged calm seas. The symbol of Galene was the mermaid.

Baby name Gale


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Gale is a name that is chosen for both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Gale:

The name Gale evokes feelings of gratitude and glee.

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Nicknames for the name Gale:

  • Gal
  • Gaga
  • Al
  • Ale
  • Lee 

Popularity of the name Gale:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Gale was the 930th most popular baby name for boys in 1969. Gale was the 982nd most popular baby name for girls in 1970.

Related names for the name Gale:

  • Galen
  • Gabe
  • Gage
  • Gael
  • Gallagher
  • Galileo
  • Gavin 
  • Gabriel 
  • Gardner
  • Gaston

Great middle names for Gale and their meanings:

  • Arlo (fortified hill)
  • Bradford (broad ford)
  • Clio (glory)
  • Dima (earth mother, downpour)
  • Eugene (well-born, noble)
  • Harvey (battle worthy, blazing iron)
  • Iolana (soaring bird)
  • Kendall (river valley)
  • Orville (golden city)
  • Paloma (dove)
  • Tracy (warrior, harvester, fighter)
  • Vance (marshland, fen)
  • William (resolute protector, strong-willed warrior)

Famous people with the name Gale:

  • Gale Arnot Brewer (politician)
  • Gale Zoë Garnett (singer)
  • Gale Herbert Gillingham (football player)
  • Gale Morgan Harold (actor)
  • Gale Anne Hurd (television producer)
  • Gale William McGee (politician)
  • Gale Jones Murphy (singer)
  • Gale Ann Norton (politician)
  • Gale Tracy Christiane Rigobert (urban developer)
  • Gale Eugene Sayers (football player)

Gale in popular culture:

  • Gale (character in the Marvel Comics universe)
  • Gale Boetticher (character in Breaking Bad)
  • Gale Hawthorne (character in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
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