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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Stranger
  • Old Norse : To sing

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Breton: Gaelic

What does Gael mean and stand for?

The name Gael is of Breton, Welsh origin and means "Gaelic". It is believed to be an ethno-linguistic term Gael, which was used to refer to people who spoke Gaelic.

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How Popular Is The Name Gael


According to Social Security Administration data, Gael has been increasingly popular, jumping about 20 places in just one year! Gael's popularity has been quite sporadic. One year it may be in the 300s, only to fall in the 100s the following year. So far, it reached its peak at 112 in 2020.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Gael was at its peak popularity in March 2018.

Gael, surprisingly popular in the US and especially Texas, was once only popular in Wales, Brittany, and Spain. This rise is partially accredited to actor Gael Garcia Bernal. Other notable Gaels are mostly French actors and sports stars: Gaël Monthurel, Gaël Touya, Gaël Leforestier, and Gaël Tallec to name a few. While still not too popular a choice for characters, Gael did make an appearance on the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother.

Where is it Popular?

Gael was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Gael

  • Gee

Pairs well with these middle names


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