What does Gerald mean?
From gâr, gêr "spear" and wald "rule". Old name revived in the 19th century. It was introduced by the Normans, who were led by the "sons of Gerald" or the "Fitzgeralds". The name has been used interchangeably with Gerard. American President Gerald Ford; TV journalist Geraldo Rivera.
Gerald▼ has 40 variants: Garald, Garold, Garret▼, Gary▼, Gearalt, Gearoid, Ged, Ger, Geralde, Geraldo, Gerallt, Gerard▼, Geraud, Gere, Gerek, Gerhard▼, Gerhold, Gerik, Gerold▼, Gerolld, Gerollt, Gerolt, Gerrald, Gerrard, Gerrell, Gerri, Gerrild, Gerrold, Gerry▼, Geryld, Giraldo, Giraud, Girauld, Girault, Jarrett▼, Jerald▼, Jerold▼, Jerri, Jerrold▼ and Jerry▼.
Gerald has 1 feminine form: Geraldine.Kreatif forms: Geralddo. [more]
How popular is Gerald?
Gerald is a very prominent first name for men (#58 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#6281 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Gerald for boys. Gerald reached its top position of #21 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is currently at #816. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Gerardo (#402 a year ago), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Jerald, Jarrod, Jarrett, Jerrell, Jerrold, Jarrell, Jerold, Gerold, Garret, Garold, Geraldo, Gerard, Darold, Gerhard and Gerry are the popular alternative forms of Gerald (#816 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. These relations of Gerald were at the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.37%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.09%, 74.7% less), with versions like Jerald becoming somewhat dated. Jerry has been the recurring favorite, though Gerardo has become popular as well over time.
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Gerald▼ is alike in pronunciation to Jerrald. Other suggested similar baby names are Arnald, Bald, Bernald, Bernhald, Bernold, Derald, Derrold, Donald▼, Dugald, Evald, Everald, Everild, Ewald▼, Fernald, Gad, Gal, Gale▼, Gall, Galt, Gamali, Garan, Garland▼, Geary, Gedalia, Gedalio, Gehan, Gemal, Gemali, Georas, Geraint, Gerall, Gerant, Germain, Germano, Germayn, Gerome, Gerrall, Gerred, Gerrit, Gerson, Gervas, Gervaso, Gerwazy, Gilad, Gmali, Gopal, Gorav, Grady▲, Graidy, Graig, Grant, Gray, Gyrd, Harald, Harold▼, Heraldo, Herold, Herrold, Jerad▼, Jeraldo, Jerall, Keld, Osvald, Oswald▼, Ranald, Reinald, Renauld, Reynald, Roald, Ronald▼, Sewald, Thorald, Torald and Wald. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gerald.