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Origin: Armenia
Region Origin: Western Asia

The name Gary is derived from the Norman French name Geiree, which is descended from the Old Frankish name Geiserich. The name is composed of two elements: “*gaizaz” (spear, pike, javelin) and “*rīkijaz” (kingly, royal). A variant form of Gary is Garry, the spelling of which has been influenced by that of Barry. The name has its origins in the Germanic language and is associated with another name, Garrison, which is sometimes given to sons of men bearing the former names. The meaning of the name Gary is closely tied to its Old English roots, as it is derived from the Old English words “gar” and “wig,” which mean “spear” and “warrior”. In Irish baby names, the meaning of the name Gary is "hard or bold spear," while in Welsh baby names, it means "gentle". In American baby names, the meaning of the name Gary is "spear," and in German baby names, it means "spear" as well. The popularity of the name Gary was boosted by the success of American actor Gary Cooper in the late 1920s.

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