What does Geraldine mean?
Geraldine \ge-raldi-ne, ger(al)-dine\ as a girls' name is pronounced jare-ul-DEEN. It is of Old German and French origin, and the meaning of Geraldine is "spear ruler". Feminine of Gerald, first coined in the 16th century. Actress Geraldine Chaplin, Geraldine Fitzgerald; politician Geraldine Ferraro..
Geraldine▼ has 32 variants: Deena▼, Dina▼, Dyna, Geralda, Geraldeen, Geraldene, Geraldina, Geralyn▼, Geralynn, Geralynne, Gerdene, Gerdine, Geri▼, Gerianna, Gerianne, Gerilynn, Gerri, Gerrilyn, Gerroldine, Gerry▼, Giralda, Jeraldeen, Jeraldene, Jeraldine▼, Jeralee, Jere, Jeri▼, Jerilene, Jerrie▼, Jerrileen, Jerroldeen and Jerry▼.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Geraldine for girls. Geraldine reached its peak position of #39 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Geraldine are Jeraldine, Jeri, Jerrie, Jerry, Gerry, Gerri, Dina, Geralyn, Geri and Deena. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1950-1959 and are now much less popular, with versions like Jeraldine, Jeri, Jerrie, Jerry and Gerry becoming somewhat dated. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Geraldine and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Gerardine. This name tends to be less frequently used than Geraldine.