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Gary (name)

Gary (/ˈɡɛəri/; from Old English Garwig, meaning "spear-fighter") is a common English name. It is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is popular in many English-speaking countries.


The name Gary is derived from the Old English name Garwig, which is a compound of the elements gar ("spear") and wig ("fight"). The name was popularized in the 20th century, largely due to the fame of actors like Gary Cooper and Gary Oldman.

Related Terms

  • Garwig: The Old English origin of the name Gary.
  • Gary Cooper: An American actor who helped popularize the name Gary in the 20th century.
  • Gary Oldman: A British actor who has also contributed to the popularity of the name Gary.


In English, Gary is pronounced as /ˈɡɛəri/.

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