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Gail

[geyl] /geɪl/
noun
1.
a female or male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “joy.”.
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  • She's responsible, and Gail needs looking after among all this bunch, I know.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • I needed that training as I finally learned Gail's last name.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • I entertained Gail and her father at the Embassy, that evening.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • I asked as Gail piloted me to a couple of seats where we could be alone.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Get your clothes on, Allee, or Gail will wake before we are started.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
Word Origin and History for Gail

fem. proper name, in some cases short for Abigail, or from the Hebrew root in that name meaning "rejoicing." Attained its greatest popularity in U.S. as a given name for girls born c.1945-1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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