Gary Bright in the US

  1. #172,639 Frederick Fischer
  2. #172,640 Frederick Hughes
  3. #172,641 Gail Arnold
  4. #172,642 Gail Hanson
  5. #172,643 Gary Bright
  6. #172,644 Gary Crowe
  7. #172,645 Gary Shannon
  8. #172,646 Gene Arnold
  9. #172,647 Gene Ford
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Meaning & Origins

Transferred use of a surname, which is probably derived from a Norman personal name of Continental Germanic origin, a short form of any of the various compound names beginning with gar ‘spear’. One bearer of this surname was the American industrialist Elbert Henry Gary (1846–1927), who gave his name to the steel town of Gary, Indiana (chartered in 1906). In this town was born the theatrical agent Nan Collins, who suggested Gary as a stage name for her client Frank J. Cooper, who thus became Gary Cooper (1901–61). His film career caused the name to become enormously popular from the 1930s to the present day. Its popularity has been maintained by the cricketer Gary Sobers (b. 1936; in his case it is in fact a pet form of Garfield) and the footballer Gary Lineker (b. 1960). It is now often taken as a pet form of Gareth.
42nd in the U.S.
English: from a Middle English nickname or personal name, meaning ‘bright’, ‘fair’, ‘pretty’, from Old English beorht ‘bright’, ‘shining’.
980th in the U.S.

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