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Don't ever name your kid this, it's just wrong in today's society. :(
-- favorably  1/28/2006
This is even worse than the name "Happy," especially in this day and age.
-- avalah  6/25/2006
If my parents named me 'Gay' I would have killed them.
-- Mixii  7/12/2006
I know a lot of older people are called this but please, if you are expecting a child, DO NOT call them this, the meaning has definitely changed over the years.
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2006
The change in the meaning of this word is sad. That a name like this has to be associated with something "wrong." First off, in my opinion there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. Second, the meaning of this word has been contorted over the years. It is originally meant as a bright, pretty name. I really like this name, but I see that it can no longer be used because people aren't mature enough to see it's true meaning.
-- podolski_fan2  10/7/2006
I agree. There's nothing wrong with being gay, but in all reality, kids are just too mean. If you name a child this, he would never make it through school.
-- Emmasj  11/2/2006
My name is Gaye. Even though it has other meanings which make it an unpopular choice today, I believe the true meaning is beautiful. Everyone gets teased about their name, no matter what! Besides, people who laugh about it are just plain immature or homophobic. By the way, I made it through school.
-- gaz1975  12/20/2006
I'm gay myself and I am disgusted by the abuse of this word. It's tragic how a word that originally meant "happy, merry, vibrant" is used by insecure teenagers (and even adults) to prove that they are "not gay". They don't even know the meaning of the word. Well, if people abuse it, it just shows how limited and ignorant that they are.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2006
Might as well look for a counselor for your child if you wanna name her this.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2007
You've got to be kidding?! Who in today's modern society would name their poor kid Gay? It's just so wrong.
-- Luangi  4/6/2007
I'm not a fan of this name. I've got nothing against homosexuality, I think it's immature to go on about how awful this name is because of that meaning. I just don't like the sound of the word, I never have. Too much like naming your child Happy, which is ridiculous in my opinion.
-- scarletquillraven  6/19/2007
Now seriously, imagine introducing yourself.

"Hi, I'm Gay!"
"Okay." *backs away slowly*

Don't name your daughter this. Ever. The meaning has changed.
-- sharonrenee  9/29/2007
This shouldn't be used as an insult. I wouldn't use this name on my own children, but to each his or her own.
-- DontDissMadison  10/19/2007
I honestly don't believe this name would ever bring "gayness" (as in happiness) to anyone who is given this name. In my culture, homosexuality isn't right. But enough about that, we can all argue later. But I just don't seem to like this name for anyone.
-- Anonymous User  10/24/2007
I would pity a child given this name. How unfair. And Gaylord is even worse. I think that life is hard enough without the burden of having to deal with the obvious problems associated with this name. More power to you if it happens to be your name.

What's interesting to me is that a name like Gayle is totally acceptable. Funny how delicate our sensibilites are, isn't it?
-- leananshae  12/25/2007
I think it is a really sweet name that has been ruined by our culture.
-- pandasayscynical  1/23/2008
Okay, I'm not a homophobe & I'm not saying that this is a bad name, I'm just saying that it's kinda like naming your child fag. Seriously, think a little while before ruining your child's life with this name in today's messed-up society.
-- SingingDove114  3/15/2008
In this day and age, it just doesn't work.
-- Pippin  4/19/2008
I wouldn't recommend anyone to turn their children into a social experiment just because they like this name and think that only idiots would laugh at it and make fun of the person with the name. It seems like a noble idea that the child will simply tell people that they are childish, idiotic ignoramuses, and sail through life strong and bear the name with pride, but in the real world, chances are that the poor thing will be beaten up, and people will throw stuff at her and shout stuff after her or something. Besides, the name doesn't sound all that pretty, and unfortunately, it is used as a synonym for ''stupid'' by many people.
-- slight night shiver  4/23/2008
I'm sure a couple of years ago I watched a program which featured a reporter called Gay Search.
Whilst her name would have been a pretty name a few years ago, it's just rather unfortunate now. Just goes to show the meaning of words and names can become victims of pejoration so easily.
-- Bil  4/30/2008
Well, despite the other meaning, I really like this name! It's very sweet, short, and cute. I would name my child this, even though they might get teased. Maybe for a middle name.
-- Wilted  7/6/2008
I can see why it's no longer used. This is just cruel to name your child. Who the hell names their kid a term for a homosexual?
-- bananarama  7/10/2008
My grandmother's name is Sandra Gay, and it's actually a nice name if you look past the meaning.
-- MaoLOVE  7/29/2008
It might work a little better if you pair it with something else - like Sandra-Gay, as the person at the bottom said, or Ruby-Gay, but not on its own.
-- GreekMythology  8/18/2008
Thinking about all the nice old women who have this name makes me sad sometimes. I remember reading an old yearbook from my middle school with some classmates in seventh grade, and there was a teacher in the yearbook whose first name was Gay, and the students started making jokes about it. The woman taught at the school for over 30 years and probably touched a lot of lives, and immature students will probably forever single her out as a joke in an old yearbook just because of the corruption of the meaning of the word.
-- KennaIsADroid  8/29/2008
Even if it didn't mean homosexual I still would think it was ugly.
-- number1212  9/12/2008
It'd be so easy for children to get away with making fun of someone with this name. Imagine if your child was named Gay, and someone walked up to her and said: "You're Gay!" or pointed to her and said: "She's Gay!" If the child knew that they were calling her the actual word, and not by her name, she wouldn't be able to tell an adult because they'd say: "They're just calling your name." It would get pretty complicated. Don't curse your child with this name.
-- LittleMissWeekender  9/23/2008
I don't agree with homosexuality, but I don't bash, either. To convert this word/name to that is just sad. It's a good meaning - the ORIGINAL meaning. It's very cheerful and youthful. But these days, no thanks.
-- _0TophasNails_1  10/11/2008
WOW. Just completely blown away. Where the HELL do I even begin? For once in my life, I am speechless. If there is ANYONE considering calling their child this, please, please, please do him/her a favor and don't. This is a humiliating name, as I am Catholic and absolutely disapprove of homosexuality (however, this is not about me, it is about the piteous child who ends up being called this).
-- GunsnRoses8794  11/18/2008
I am not against homosexuality (even though I'm Catholic, but does that make a difference?), but please don't name your child this. PLEASE.
-- CanadianChibi  11/20/2008
I have nothing against homosexuals (I'm bi myself), but your kid will be teased for life, seeing how homophobic and close-minded our society is today.
-- TinyVamp  11/28/2008
I would spell this name Gaye! Also it is sad how this name is abused by the immature. But that is society for you. However, due to the turmoil the wrong have caused, I would only ever use this name as a middle name. If I were to use it! Or possibly use it as a nickname to another name maybe like Gail or something. But more than likely if I ever chose this name I would only use it as a middle name. Another spelling is Gae!
-- Anonymous User  12/9/2008
I'm not homophobic or anything (bi myself) but I think this name is, at least, considered painful.

'Hey, I'm Gay.'

See. Ouch!
-- Kazuya  12/21/2008
Gaye would actually be a pretty name if people didn't associate it with homosexuality. Not that homosexuality is bad or anything, I just don't get why you would name their kid after a sexual orientation? It's like naming your kid Straight. I agree with the person who said it would be awkward to introduce yourself:
"Hi, I'm Gay"
"Umm, okay. That was random."
A 2-year-old telling you they are "Gay" might seem a bit odd.
-- TayLeigh127  12/28/2008
I would never name a child this, not that there's anything wrong with being Gay, but the child would be teased endlessly because in today's culture the first thing you think of if you hear the word "Gay" is most likely not "happy".
Can you just imagine it: "Hi, I'm Gay, who are you?"
-- emmiix3  1/23/2009
Even if this name still meant happy, it would still be rather weird to introduce yourself. It would be like saying, 'hi, I'm Happy.'
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2009
Even if it wasn't another term for a homosexual (which I really don't care if a person's Gay or not, I don't care), I wouldn't name a character or a child this. It's too plain and ugly of a word, let alone a name.
-- Anonymous User  2/28/2009
This is a lovely name with a great meaning. Would be a sweet middle name.
-- vomiting  5/7/2009
Naming your kid "Gay" is like naming them "Happy" or "Straight". I'm for gay rights, by the way.
-- Kerules  5/29/2009
I have nothing against homosexuality, but a lot of people seem to, so I would never name a kid this. Which is such a shame because it really is a pretty name, and has a pretty meaning.
-- MtotheK  7/23/2009
Insert controversy.
-- lucyskydiamonds  1/15/2010
Marvin Gaye! He was actually born Marvin Gay but he added the E at the end to be cool. I've never heard anyone make fun of his last name. But it is just his last name, and I wasn't around at the peak of his career O_O

And for all you showing your street cred ("I'm Gay/bi myself") -- just shut up. No one cares about posers. Peace out!
-- A.R.  1/17/2010
I like this name a lot, but in this society, in this stupid, screwed up, immature society, it would be a teasing sentence. My favorite person in the universe, Freddie Mercury, was Gay, and I adore homosexuals because they are happy. They aren't afraid of what people think, and they just want to be happy and to find someone they truly love! I admire that. I hate homophobes with a passion. Bashing people who are Gay is like bashing people with a different religion. If you wouldn't make fun of people with a different religion, why would you make fun of people with a different sexual orientation?
-- lillyanna  1/22/2010
Gay-Yee Westerhoff is the Chinese- English cellist of the string quartet, Bond.
-- lucyskydiamonds  2/6/2010
The etymology fails to mention that it derives from the Latin 'Gaius' which means 'happy' and was a common Roman name.
-- Anton  3/9/2010
Whilst it may have been pretty years ago, it has an offensive meaning now. I've nothing against homosexuality, but honestly, it's like naming your kid "Bi" or "Straight".
-- Black_X  5/5/2010
I am 110% in support of gay rights, but do NOT name your kid this. She/he will be teased their entire life in school.
-- Chrila96  9/11/2010
A famous bearer is the Irish tv/radio presenter Gay Byrne, born Gabriel Mary Byrne 5th August 1934. He was the first presenter of The Late Late Show, an Irish talk show, from 1962 to 1999.
-- LullabyMoon11  11/3/2010
Back in the day, this name would have been perfectly fine, but now it's a whole different story.
-- GirlWithN0Name  2/3/2011
I love all the posers saying that this was a good name before it meant homosexual. It is honestly an ugly name to give a girl, it just looks like a misspelling of Gary which isn't very good when you consider that it's a girl name.

I mean really people.
-- FlakyMatt  6/5/2011
Actually, the sound of the name isn't so bad, but... PLEASE don't use this name!
-- enchy  6/6/2011
This name would be ok for a character, but only one who is meant to be old or from the olden times.
-- Hushpuppy  2/22/2012
I actually think that this name is pretty, and it has a good meaning (the happy one). I hate how it was twisted around to mean homosexual. People can be so immature.
If you really want to use this name (which I don't recommend, because in my opinion there is nothing wrong with homosexuality, but there are plenty of people who can't look past it) I think it would be best as a middle name. A good alternative is Gayle.
-- Anonymous User  3/10/2012
Even though this name means happy it's a pretty weird name. This name is even weirder due to the slang.
-- VincentCleveland  3/26/2012
Definitely an unfortunate name to have. I wouldn't even go there.
-- Bonquiqui  6/7/2012
This would definitely be a controversial name to give to your kid, since we all know the big debate over Gay rights. Calling your kid Gay is setting them up to be teased.
-- Buneary  12/27/2012
I remember when I was little I had a relative named Gay, and my brother and I thought it was the funniest thing ever. We used to joke about how they'd introduce themself and how if people were pointing her out they'd say, "that's Gay!"... And so on. The list of cruel, immature ridicules goes on and on. I agree with the people that say its sad that the meaning of the word has changed so much, but hey, further proof of how screwed up our society is today.
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2013
While a poor name choice in today's world, it would be funny in a satirical cartoon or something.
-- Anonymous User  7/1/2013
Actress Marcia Gay Harden is the only person I can think of that actually has - and uses - this name.
-- elizabeth hamlet  9/24/2013
Oh how I love this name... Maybe someday (hopefully) this name will be okay to use again.
-- igoesrawrOMG  10/5/2014
Common sense, just not a name you use. Don't even bother with any alternative spellings or variants
It just isn't a name you should use
Sorry but go with Mae\Fae\Bae all spellings instead.
-- Anonymous User  11/1/2014
I was named Gay 62+ years ago when the meaning of the word meant happy and joyful. It disturbed my mother greatly when the meaning of the word changed. I read the comments on your message board and am convinced that there is a definite lack of compassion in this world. A person cannot help what they were named and to change it, at this point in my life, or even 20 years ago, would have been absurd. When I receive a disrespectful or hideous comment about my name I just say yes, that is my name and my drivers license is proof.
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2014

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