Meaning and Origin of: Gale

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Stranger
  • Old Norse : To sing
  • English : Lively

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : nickname for a cheerful or boisterous person, from Middle English ga(i)le ‘jovial’, ‘rowdy’, from Old English gāl ‘light’, ‘pleasant’, ‘merry’, which was reinforced in Middle English by Old French gail. Compare Gail 2.
  • English : from a Germanic personal name introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Gal(on). Two originally distinct names have fallen together in this form: one was a short form of compound names with the first element gail ‘cheerful’, ‘joyous’. Compare Gaillard, the other was a byname from the element walh ‘stranger’, ‘foreigner’.
  • English : metonymic occupational name for a jailer, topographic name for someone who lived near the local jail, or nickname for a jailbird, from Old Northern French gaiole ‘jail’ (Late Latin caveola, a diminutive of classical Latin cavea ‘cage’).
  • Portuguese : from galé ‘galleon’, ‘war ship’, presumably a metonymic occupational name for a shipwright or a mariner.
  • Slovenian : from a pet form of the personal name Gal (Latin Gallus), formed with the suffix -e, usually denoting a young person.