Today’s Daily Prompt: Do you know the meaning of your name, and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you?
My name, “Gail” (which is actually a shortened version of Abigail) has both English and Hebrew origins. The English meaning given for the name Gail is “lively.” The Hebrew meaning is, “Joy of the Father” or Father’s joy.”
The name Gail was most popular for baby girls in 1951 but has dropped considerably in popularity in years since. I recall my mother telling me she picked out my name from a baby name book. I think she just liked the name and I wasn’t named after anybody in particular. I remember her telling me she tried to give me and my two sisters names that could be easily spelled and names that people wouldn’t give us nicknames (for example, people named Richard getting called Dick, or people named Robert getting called Bob).
I like my name although I will confess that it gets misspelled a lot. People often spell it “Gayle” and surprisingly “Gale” which is considered more the male spelled version of my name.
My middle name is Elaine. The origin of the name Elaine is thought to be Greek. It was a more popular name back in the 40s. I don’t see too many girls named Elaine now. The meaning of Elaine is “light.” I think my mother chose the name Elaine out of the name book too.