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Gerald 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. Geraldo (her-AL-doh) is a Spanish form. 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 names Darold, Gerritt, Jarrell and Jerrell.
Baby names that sound like Gerald are Jerrald and Jeraldo.
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Popularity of Gerald
Gerald is a very popular first name for men (#58 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4154 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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