Quick Facts on Gary
- English, German
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Gary
Gary is actually the transferred use of an English patronymic surname dating back to the 12th century. It developed from a Germanic personal name derived from “ger, gar” meaning ‘spear’. It is therefore often used as a short form of names such as Garfield, Garrison, Garret or Gerald. One notable name bearer was Elbert Henry Gary, a founding member of U.S. Steel who lent his name to the city of Gary, Indiana established in 1906. Years later in 1925, a then-unknown actor by the name of Frank James Cooper followed the advice of a casting director and changed his name to Gary Cooper. The casting agent felt that the name would give him the same “rough and tough” element that she remembered from her own native Gary, Indiana. As a result of Gary Cooper’s tremendous popularity in the late 20s, 1930s and 40s, he alone helped to popularize this surname turned forename among all English-speaking nations.
Popularity of the Name Gary
The name Gary has been on the U.S. male naming charts since the government first began tracking naming trends in the late 19th century. However, back then, the name wasn’t very popular. Gary pretty much hung out at the bottom on the charts. It wasn’t until the mid-1920s that we begin to see Gary show some promise. It was 1927 when Gary Cooper became a major film star and in two short years this name would advance over 300 positions up the charts. Not content to stop there, the name kept on soaring right along with Mr. Cooper’s illustrious career. By 1933, the name Gary would become a Top 100 favorite in America. During the 1940s, this name averaged #14 on the charts. But it was the 1950s when Gary saw most of his success. The name was a Top 10 choice among American parents of sons between the years 1950 and 1954. This was quite an accomplishment. We would call Gary a mid-century definer when it comes to masculine names (similar to Larry, Ronald, Donald, Kenneth and Dennis). Even though Gary remained a Top 100 favorite boy’s name for 56 consecutive years (all the way through the late 1980s), his prime is now behind him. Gary’s decline in usage was slow and steady, and now the name is bestowed only lightly. In fact, many people associate the name Gary with a middle-aged man at this point.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gary
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gary
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gary
Gary We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Gary.
Popular Songs on Gary
(Looking Through) Gary Glitters Eyes - The Briefs
Bachelor Boy/When Gary Married Melanie - Toy Dolls
Dysentery Gary - a song by Blink 182
Gary Floyd - a song by Butthole Surfers
Gary Gilmore's Eyes - a song by The Adverts
Gary Indiana Blues - Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Gruesome Gary - a song by Down by Law
Children's Books on the Baby Name Gary
Gary's Adventures in Chess Country (Igor Sukhin) - For centuries, chess has been the world's most popular board game. But did you know that it can also improve your child's ability to learn? Studies have shown that by focusing on basic chess concepts, children as young as four can improve their reasoning and develop their problem-solving abilities. Gary's Adventures in Chess Country is designed to help children delve into the world of chess through an engaging adventure story. Spirited away by a mysterious young girl on a magic tricycle, Gary is taken to Chess Country, where he learns the rules of chess and the fundamentals of chess tactics. By following Gary on his adventures - and by solving engaging puzzles alongside him - your child will have a unique opportunity to improve focus, memory, and critical thinking skills, all while having fun. Attractive, brightly colored illustrations throughout the book act as a visual reinforcement of the lessons your child will learn. Recommended for ages 6-10.
Where's Gary? Spongebob Squarepants Chapter Books (David Lewman) - SpongeBob is so focused on defeating the Dirty Bubble in a paddleball challenge that he forgets to feed his pet snail, Gary, for a whole week! So Gary decides it's time to pack his bags and find a new home. While Gary is being pampered by sweet Grandma, SpongeBob is posting "Lost Snail" signs all over town. Soon Gary becomes suspicious that Grandma is after more than just his happiness. Can SpongeBob save Gary before it's too late? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Gary
Famous People Named Gary - Gary Cooper (film star); Gary Kasparov (Russian chess grandmaster); Gary Larson (cartoonist of The Far Side); Gary Oldman (actor); Gary Dourdan (actor); Gary Sinise (actor); Gary Busey (actor); Gary Coleman (actor); Gary Levox (country musician); Gary Numan (musician); Gary Lee Weinrib (musician); Gary Carter (baseball player); Gary Payton (basketball player); Gary Player (golfer)
Children of Famous People Named Gary
Famous People Who Named Their Son Gary - Bing Crosby (singer/actor); Hank Aaron (baseball player)
Personality of the Boy Name Gary
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Gary