[ 2 syll. gay-lor(d), ga-ylo-rd ] The baby boy name Gaylord is pronounced as GEY-LaoRD or G-ayLAOR †. Gaylord is largely used in English and its origin is Old French. The first name is derived from the English surname, which was altered via folk etymology from the nickname Gaillard (Old French) and ultimately the French word 'gaillard'. The Gaylords were a prominent US family in New England; the United States Representative Gaylord Griswold (1767-1809) was named after his paternal grandmother, Esther Gaylord. The given name was first used in the 18th century, originally bestowed to wish a fine or dandyish life for the bearer. However, the association of 'gay' with 'homosexual' in the mid 20th century has resulted in a rapid decline in the use of the name.
Gaylord has 13 variant transcriptions. Variation transcriptions include Gailard, Gaillard, Gailor, Gallard, Gaylar, Gaylard, Gayler, Gaylir, Gaylor, Gaylur, and Gaylyr. Other English forms include the contracted form Gay, and the spelling variant Gayelord.
Variant forms inherit both the origin and meaning of Gaylord.
Gaylord is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the height of its usage in 1931, 0.015% of baby boys were named Gaylord. It ranked at #439 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep fall in popularity, and is now of very modest use. Within all boy names in its group, Gaylord was nevertheless the most frequently used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Gaylord include Gaillard, Gailor, Gallard, Gaylar, Gaylard, Gayler, Gaylir, Gaylor, Gaylur, Gaylyr, Gellert, Gillray, Gillroy, Gilray, Gilroy, Goliard, Galliard, Gayelord, Gailard, and Gellart.
† Pronunciation for Gaylord: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)"