Gary Sanders in the US

  1. #16,582 Bonnie Clark
  2. #16,583 Christina Adams
  3. #16,584 Christopher Wagner
  4. #16,585 Elizabeth Gonzales
  5. #16,586 Gary Sanders
  6. #16,587 Maria Sierra
  7. #16,588 Richard Little
  8. #16,589 Sarah Price
  9. #16,590 Sonia Sanchez
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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.
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English, Scottish, and North German: patronymic from Sander1.
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