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Meaning and name origin
Gerard \ge-ra-rd\ as a boy's name is pronounced je-RARD. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Gerard is "spear brave". Closely related to Gerald. The name of numerous saints. French actor Gérard Depardieu; poet Gerard Manley Hopkins; painter Gerardo Richter.
Gerard has 23 variant forms: Garrard, Garrat, Garratt, Garrett, Gearard, Gerardo, Geraud, Gerhard, Gerhardt, Gerhart, Gerrard, Gerri, Gerry, Girard, Girault, Giraud, Gherardo, Jarard, Jared, Jerard, Jerardo, Jerarrd and Jerrott.
There is 1 feminine form of Gerard: Gerardine.
Gerard is a very popular first name for males (#322 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3956 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gerard for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gerard and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Garrett, Gerald, Gerard, Gerardo, Gerhard, Gerry and Jared. (2014 statistics).
Gerard is also pronounced similarly to Jerrard. This name tends to be less commonly used than Gerard.
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