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What does Gerald mean?

Gerald Pronunciation of Gerald [ger-ald] as a boys' name is pronounced JARE-ald. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Gerald is "spear ruler". From gr, gr "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.

Associated with: spear (warrior), old, 19th century, ford (river).


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.

Related boy names: Darold, Garrad, Gerritt, Jarrell, Jarrod and Jerrell.

12 more different relations via Gerard: Garrard, Gearard, Gerardo, Gerhardt, Gerhart, Gherardo, Girard, Jarard, Jerard, Jerardo, Jerarrd and Jerrard.

1 feminine form: Geraldine.

Creative forms:
(male) Geald, Gunald, ..

(female) Gerlet, Gerli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gerald Fisher (G.F.), ..

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)

Gerald reached its top position of #21 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is currently at #764. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Gerardo (#417 a year ago), Jerry (#491), Gary (#582), Gerard (#1086), Jarrett (#1136), Jarrod (#1952), Jerald, Jerardo, Jerold, Jarrell, Jerrold, Jerrell, Gerold, Geraldo, Garret, Garold, Gerhard, Gerhardt, Gerry, Darold and Girard are the popular alternative forms of Gerald (#764 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Gerald were at the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 3.4%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1%, 96.1% less), with versions like Jerald becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gerald, Darold, Garold, Garret, Gary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Geraldo, Gerard, Gerardo, Gerhard, Gerhardt in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gerold, Gerry, Girard, Jarrell, Jarrett in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jarrod, Jerald, Jerardo, Jerold, Jerrell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jerrold, Jerry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gary, Gerard, Jarrod outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gerald is alike in pronunciation to Jerrald. Other suggested similar names are Arnald, Bald, Bernald, Bernhald (see Bernal), Bernold (see Bernal), Derald, Derrold (see Darold), Donald, Dugald, Evald, Everald, Everild, Ewald, Fernald, Gad, Gal, Gale, Gall, Galt, Gamali, Garan, Garland, Geary, Gedalia, Gedalio (see Gedaliah), Gehan, Gemal, Gemali, Georas, Geraint, Gerall, Gerant, Germain, Germano, Germayn (see Germain), Gerome, Gerrall (see Jerrell), Gerred, Gerrit, Gerson, Gervas, Gervaso (see Gervase), Gerwazy (see Gervase), Gilad, Gmali, Gopal, Gorav, Grady, Graidy, Graig, Grant, Gray, Gyrd, Harald, Harold, Heraldo, Herold, Herrold, Jerad, Jeraldo (see Jerald), 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.

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