What does Gerald mean?
Gerald /ger-ald/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced JARE-ald. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Gerald is "spear ruler".
From gâr, gêr "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▼.
Gerald▼ has 19 more different relations via Gerard: Garrard, Garrat, Garratt, Garrett▲, Gearard, Geert, Gellert, Gerardo▲, Gerhardt, Gerhart, Gherardo, Girard, Jarard, Jared▲, Jerard, Jerardo, Jerarrd, Jerrard and Jerrott.
Gerald has 1 feminine form: Geraldine.Kreatif forms: Geraldga, Godrald. [more]
How popular is Gerald?
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), Gerardo (#402), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Jerald, Jarrett, Jarrod, 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 boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.3799%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1542%, 59.4% less), with versions like Gerald, Gary, Jarrett, Jerry and Gerard becoming somewhat dated. Garrett (#236), Gerardo (#402) and Jared (#296) are three 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)