[ 1 syll. gay-le, ga-yle ] The baby girl name Gayle is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced GahL- †. Gayle has its origins in the Hebrew, Middle English, and English languages. It is used largely in English.
Gayle is a shortening of the English, German, and Hebrew Abigail in the English language.
Gayle is also a spelling variant of the English Gail.
Gayle is also a form of the English Gale.
Gayle is also a form of the English Gay.
Gayle is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1951, 0.153% of baby girls were named Gayle. It had a ranking of #124 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is of only sporadic use today. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Gayle, Abigail was the most popular. Although there were times from 1908 to 1908 that Gayle was more popular with boys, today it is used more commonly as a baby girl name. There were 31 times more baby girls than boys who were named Gayle in 1958.
† Pronunciation for Gayle: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"