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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.

For more information, see also related boy names Darold, Garret, Gearoid, Ged, Gerritt, Jarrell and Jerrell.

There is 1 feminine form of Gerald: Geraldine.


Gerald is a very popular first name for males (#58 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4154 out of 88799, Top 5%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gerald for boys. Gerald reached its highest rank of #21 in the U.S. in 1930-1939 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerald name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gerald and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Garrett (#236), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Gerald (#816), Jarrod, Jarrett, Jerald, Jerold, Jarrell, Jerrell, Jerrold, Gerold, Garret, Garold, Geraldo, Gerard, Darold, Gerhard and Gerry. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Darold, Garold, Garret, Garrett, Gary, Gerald, Geraldo, Gerard, Gerhard, Gerold in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerry, Jarrell, Jarrett, Jarrod, Jerald, Jerold, Jerrell, Jerrold, Jerry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gerald is also pronounced similarly to Jerrald. Other suggested similar baby names are Derald and Gerall. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gerald.