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What does Gerald mean?

Gerald \ge-ra-ld\ as a boys' 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.


Variations

Gerald has 33 variants: Garald, Garold, Gary, Gearalt, Geralde, Geraldo, Gerard, Geraud, Gere, Gerek, Gerhard, Gerik, Gerold, Gerolld, Gerollt, Gerolt, Gerrald, Gerrard, Gerrell, Gerri, Gerrild, Gerrold, Gerry, Geryld, Giraldo, Giraud, Girauld, Girault, Jerald, Jerold, Jerri, Jerrold and Jerry.

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

Gerald has 22 more different forms via Garrad, Garrett, Jarrett, Jarrod: Gared, Garett, Garrat, Garratt, Garred, Garritt, Garrot, Garrott, Gerred, Jared, Jarett, Jarrad, Jarred, Jarret, Jarrot, Jarrott, Jarryd, Jerett, Jerrett, Jerrod, Jerrot and Jerrott.

Gerald has 1 feminine form: Geraldine.


Popularity

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. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Gerald for boys. Gerald reached its top position of #21 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is currently at #816. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Garrett (#236 a year ago), Jared (#296), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Jarrod, Jarrett, Jarret, Jerald, Jerrod, Jerrold, Jarrell, Jerrell, Jerold, Jarett, Gerard, Geraldo, Garett, Garret, Gerhard, Gerold, Garold, Darold, Gerry and Jarred are the popular alternative forms of Gerald (#816 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.3391%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1056%, down 68.8%), with versions like Gerald, Gary, Jarrett, Jerry and Gerhard becoming somewhat dated. Garrett (#236) and Jared (#296) are two of the more chic baby names among these, with Garrett going through a revival in usage. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Gerald and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerold, Gerry, Jared, Jarett, Jarred, Jarrell, Jarret, Jarrett, Jarrod, Jerald in U.S.

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

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


Similar Names

Gerald is alike in pronunciation to Jerrald. Other suggested similar baby names are Derald and Gerall. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gerald.

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