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Medieval short form of Germanic compound names beginning with gari (spear)/geri (spear), such as Gerard, Gerald, or Gerbert. Cognate with the Scottish and Irish Gaelic name Garaidh.

  • The last-century popularity of the given name is due to the American actor Gary Cooper (1901–1961), whose stage name was invented by his agent, a native of Gary, Indiana.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A city in Indiana, and other US places named for persons with the surname Gary.
  3. A city in South Dakota
  4. A male given name, popular from the 1940s to the 1970s.


  • 1957 Meredith Willson: The Music Man: Gary, Indiana (a song):
    Gary, Indiana!
    What a wonderful name!
    Named for Elbert Gary of judiciary fame.
    Gary, Indiana, as Shakespeare would say,
    Trips along softly on the tongue this way
  • 1964 Anne Tyler: If Morning Ever Comes. Severn House 1983. page 52:
    "Gary's an awful name. Whatever he's like. It reminds me of a G.I. man with a crew cut, and 'Mom' tattooed on his chest, and lots of pin-up pictures on his wall."




From English Gary, from Germanic.

Proper nounEdit


  1. a male given name