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Etymology 1[edit]

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 noun[edit]

Gary (countable and uncountable, plural Garys)

  1. A surname from Middle English [in turn originating as a patronymic].
  2. A city in Lake County, Indiana, and other US places named for persons with the surname Gary.
    • 1957 December 19, Meredith Willson (lyrics and music), “Gary, Indiana”, in The Music Man:
      Gary, Indiana!
      What a wonderful name
      Named for Elbert Gary of judiciary fame
      Gary, Indiana, as a Shakespeare would say
      Trips along softly on the tongue this way--
  3. A city in Deuel County, South Dakota.
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname, popular from the 1940s to the 1970s.
    • 1930, Irving Berlin (lyrics and music), “Puttin' On The Ritz”:
      Dressed up like a million dollar trooper / Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper
    • 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."

Etymology 2[edit]

From Gary Glitter.


Gary (plural Garys)

  1. shortened form of Gary Glitter.
    He did him up the Gary, he did.




From English Gary, from Germanic.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. a male given name from English