Gatsby Name Meaning & Origin
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Origin of Gatsby: German surname and literary name
Suddenly, we're hearing the name Gatsby, as in "The Great" character by F. Scott Fitzgerald, used as a first name for girls as well as boys. The book's Jay Gatsby gussied up his name from Gatz, whose meaning is given variously as left-handed, cat, God, and person from Gat. As a first name, it's got a lot of energy and that great pedigree.
A Gatsby is a South African deli sandwich (similar to an American hoagie).
Gadsby is a town in Alberta, Canada.
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My baby boy is named Gatsby and it suits him well. He has blue eyes that are to die for! Everyone that hears his name loves it, even though it is unusual to hear as a first name.
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This appears to have been used occasionally as a first name in the 19th century; both the British census of 1881 and the American census for 1890, list men with the first name "Gadsby."
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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby," Gatsby is used as a surname when James Gatz reinvents himself as Jay Gatsby.
The related surname Gadsby is used by Mark Twain in A Tramp Abroad, by George Eliot in The Mill on the Floss, by Rudyard Kipling in The Story of Gadsby, and by Ernest Vincent Wright in Gadsby: Champion of Youth.