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Meaning and name origin
Gerald \ge-ra-ld\ as a boy's name is pronounced JARE-ald. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Gerald is "spear ruler". Old name revived in the 19th century. Talk show host Geraldo Rivera. See also Garrad, Garrett, Jarrett, and Jarrod. American President Gerald Ford; TV journalist Geraldo Rivera.
Gerald has 33 variant forms: Garald, Garold, Gary, Gearalt, Geralde, Geraldo, Gerard, Geraud, Gere, Gerek, Gerhard, Gerik, Gerold, Gerolld, Gerolt, Gerollt, Gerrald, Gerrard, Gerrell, Gerri, Gerrild, Gerrold, Gerry, Geryld, Giraldo, Giraud, Girauld, Girault, Jerald, Jerold, Jerri, Jerrold and Jerry.
There is 1 feminine form of Gerald: Geraldine.
Gerald is a very popular first name for males (#58 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4154 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gerald for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gerald and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Darold, Garold, Garret, Garrett, Gary, Gerald, Geraldo, Gerard, Gerhard, Gerold, Gerry, Jarrell, Jarrett, Jarrod, Jerald, Jerold, Jerrell, Jerrold and Jerry. (2015 statistics).
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