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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.


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.

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

Gerald has 1 feminine form: Geraldine.

Kreatif forms: Geralddo. [more]

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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)

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

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

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.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerald, Darold, Garold, Garret, Gary in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Geraldo, Gerard, Gerardo, Gerhard, Gerold in U.S.

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jerold, Jerrell, Jerrold, Jerry in U.S.

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

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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.