August 7, 2015 § 1 Comment

From an English last name, which comes from a Norman first name, which was a diminutive version of Germanic names beginning with “Ger-“, meaning “spear” or “spear carrier”. Sometimes used as a diminutive of “Gerald” (in which case, usually pronounced like “Jerry“, instead of with a hard G), or to Anglicize names like “Garibaldi”.

Gari, Garry, Gaz, Gerald, Geri, Gerrold, Jerrie, Jerry, etc.

Gary, the name of more than one of the boys Lily dates, who perhaps not-so-coincidentally often have names which rhyme with her long-absent father, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).

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