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.
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▼.
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.
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)
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)