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What does Fitzgerald mean?

Fitzgerald Pronunciation of Fitzgerald [fitzger-ald] as a boys' name is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Fitzgerald is "son of the spear-ruler". Middle name of John F. Kennedy, and the last name of his grandfather, who was known as "Honey Fitz".

Related boy name: Fitz.

Associated with: spear (warrior), ruler (king).


1 feminine form: Geraldine.

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Middle name pairings:
Fitzgerald Malakhi (F.M.), ..

How popular is Fitzgerald?

Fitzgerald is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#390 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Fitzgerald entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #1265 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #1973. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Derald, Everald, Fernald, Field, Fingal, Fingall (see Fingal), Fionghall (see Fingal), Fitzroy, Gerald, Jerald, Siegwald and Sigwald. These names tend to be more commonly used than Fitzgerald.

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