What does gary mean?

Definitions for gary
ˈgɛər i, ˈgær iga·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Garynoun

    a city in northwest Indiana on Lake Michigan; steel production


  1. Garynoun

    A town in Indiana, and other U.S. places named for persons with the surname Gary.

  2. Garynoun

    A patronymic surname.

  3. Garynoun

    A city in Indiana, and other US places named for persons with the surname Gary.

  4. Garynoun

    A city in South Dakota

  5. Garynoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname, popular from the 1940s to the 1970s.

  6. Etymology: Medieval short form of compound names beginning with gari/geri, such as Gerard, Gerald, or Gerbert. Cognate with the Scottish and Irish Gaelic name Garaidh.


  1. gary

    Gary is typically a male first name of English origin, derived from a surname which means "spear" in Old English. It was popular in the mid 20th century, especially in English speaking countries. There is no specific or general definition for "Gary", as it's a personal name and its characteristics or attributes can greatly vary depending on the individual who bears it. Some famous people named Gary include actor Gary Oldman and musician Gary Barlow.


  1. Gary

    Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, located in the southeastern portion of the Chicago metropolitan area. Gary is located approximately 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois. The population of Gary proper was 80,294 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the nineth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary's population has fallen by 55 percent since 1960, when Gary's population was 178,320. Gary is located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and borders Lake Michigan. The Armstrong House, 1939, by Frank Lloyd Wright, is in Ogden Dunes. Many citizens and politicians have helped to preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes. The city is known for its large steel mills, and for being the birthplace of the The Jackson 5 music group.

Editors Contribution

  1. garynoun

    Gamblers anonymous general of the army in the Galatians book rivalry. 1.) an industrial city in northwestern Indiana, on Lake Michigan, southeast of Chicago; pop. 95,920 (est. 2008).

    Is it a good coincidence that my grandpa Eddie Gary lived exactly outside of Chicago?

    Etymology: Noun

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 9, 2024  

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  1. GARY

    What does GARY stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the GARY acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GARY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gary is ranked #1612 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gary surname appeared 22,310 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Gary.

    47.4% or 10,577 total occurrences were White.
    46.3% or 10,332 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 598 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 544 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 147 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 112 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4256

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'gary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1899

Anagrams for gary »

  1. gray

  2. Gray

  3. Yarg

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of gary in a Sentence

  1. Kristen Ruell:

    They were pension center employees that were under Gary Hodge.

  2. Joe Don Rooney:

    There's no doubt we have been blessed way beyond belief and we can't wait to spend the rest of 2020 expressing our love and appreciation to all of our devoted fans, music industry friends and our families for believing in us and playing a major role in our path to here, and, I personally can't wait to shine a light on my brothers Bassist Jay DeMarcus and Gary this year and make another mountain of new memories with them.

  3. David Boyce:

    I stepped onto the train and could see bodies and body parts all over the place, the first person I came across was a gentleman called Gary who was on a seat, so using some of my own clothes, I tourniqueted his legs because they had come off.

  4. Charles Kushner:

    Steve, Steve Bannon got ta stop leaking on Gary Cohn, we're trying to build a team here.

  5. Isaiah Attles:

    The support we have from Gary and our other coaches and having the support from Oakland as it is being able to go to school out here and not have to go somewhere further that's out of the Bay Area, it's just a blessing, couldn't ask for anything more. We're in a good position to succeed. It's all on us now.

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