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What does Geraldine mean?

Geraldine [ger-al-di-ne] as a girls' name is pronounced jare-ul-DEEN. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Geraldine is "spear ruler".

Feminine of Gerald, first coined in the 16th century by the English poet the Earl of Surrey, in a poem for Lady Fitzgerald. In Ireland, the Fitzgeralds were known as the Geraldines. Actress Geraldine Chaplin, Geraldine Fitzgerald; politician Geraldine Ferraro.

Associated with: spear (warrior), ruler (queen), 16th century, lady (noble), ireland (gaelic).


Geraldine has 35 variants: Deena, Dina, Dyna, Gearoidin, Geralda, Geraldeen, Geraldene, Geraldina, Geralyn, Geralynn, Geralynne, Gerdene, Gerdine, Geri, Gerianna, Gerianne, Gerie, Gerilynn, Gerri, Gerrie, Gerrilyn, Gerroldine, Gerry, Giralda, Jeraldeen, Jeraldene, Jeraldine, Jeralee, Jere, Jeri, Jerilene, Jerrie, Jerrileen, Jerroldeen and Jerry.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Geraldida, Gilaldine, ..

(male) Geraldile, Geraldiver, ..

How popular is Geraldine?

Geraldine is a very prominent first name for women (#161 out of 4276, Top 4%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name statistics of Geraldine for girls. Geraldine reached its peak position of #38 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #1426. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Geraldine name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Geraldine outside U.S.

Prominent varying forms of Geraldine (#1426 the previous year) are Dina (#1512 the previous year), Jeraldine, Gerry, Jere, Gerrie, Jerry, Jerrie, Jeri, Gerianne, Geraldene, Gerald, Geralyn, Geri, Deena and Gerri. These forms of Geraldine reached the apex of their popularity in the 1930s (adoption of 0.56%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.01%, down 98%), with versions like Gerry becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Geraldine, Deena, Dina, Gerald, Geraldene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Geralyn, Geri, Gerianne, Gerri, Gerrie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gerry, Jeraldine, Jere, Jeri, Jerrie, Jerry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Geraldine and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Berdine, Bernadine, Bernardine, Caraline, Celandine, Coraline, Coralline (see Coral), Emeraldina, Fernandine (see Fernanda), Garldina (see Garland), Geradine, Gerarde, Gerardina, Gerardine, Gerardyne, Gererdina, Germaine, Gerrardene, Jeraine, Karaline, Koralline, Laralaine, Leraine, Maraline, Merline, Perline, Perlline, Serafine, Seraphine, Tralaine and Verline. These names tend to be less frequently used than Geraldine.