What does Gerard mean?
Gerard [ger-ard] as a boys' name is pronounced je-RARD. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Gerard is "spear brave". From gâr, gêr "spear" and hard "brave, hardy, strong". Closely related to Gerald. The name of numerous saints that among the medieval names revived in the 19th century. French actor Gérard Depardieu; poet Gerard Manley Hopkins; painter Gerardo Richter.
Gerard▼ has 31 variants: Garrard, Garrat, Garratt, Garret▼, Garrett▼, Gearard, Gearoid, Ged, Geert, Gellert, Ger, Gerardo, Geraud, Gerhard, Gerhardt, Gerhart, Gerrard, Gerri, Gerry▼, Gherardo, Girard, Giraud, Girault, Jarard, Jared▼, Jerard, Jerardo, Jerarrd, Jerrard, Jerrott and Jerry▼.
Gerard has 23 more different relations via Gerald: Garald, Garold, Gary▼, Gearalt, Geralde, Geraldo, Gerallt, Gere, Gerek, Gerhold, Gerik, Gerold, Gerolld, Gerolt, Gerrald, Gerrild, Gerrold, Geryld, Giraldo, Girauld, Jerald▼, Jerold▼ and Jerri.
Gerard has 1 feminine form: Gerardine.Creative forms:
(male) Garard, Gurard, ..
(female) Gerra, Gerzar, .. Middle name pairings:
Gerard Ernesto (G.E.), ..
How popular is Gerard?
Gerard is a very popular first name for men (#322 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#3767 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Gerard reached its top position of #193 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is currently at #1086. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Garrett (#273 from recent data), Jared (#340), Gerardo (#417), Jerry (#491), Gary (#582), Gerald (#764), Jerald, Jerold, Girard, Jerardo, Gerhard, Geraldo, Garret, Garold, Gerhardt, Gerold and Gerry are the prominent alternative forms of Gerard (#1086 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Gerard was common 8 decades ago (median #903) and has become significantly diminished since (#1441, 93% less usage).
Gerard▼ is pronounced similarly to Jarrard. Other suggested similar names are Adlard, Alard, Aliard, Barnard, Bayard, Bernard▼, Bernhard, Brevard, Burnard, Card, Dard, Derald, Derward, Durward▼, Eckard, Edgard, Eduard, Edvard, Eudard, Everard, Evrard, Ferd, Gallard, Gard, Gardnard (see Gardner), Gari, Garland▼, Garnar, Garpar (see Gaspard), Geary, Gennaro, Gentry, Georas, Georg, Gerall, Gerant, German, Gerome, Gerred, Gerrie, Gervase, Gervaso (see Gervase), Gery, Gevaria (see Gevariah), Gevarya (see Gevariah), Gjord, Gjurd, Glennard, Godard, Godart, Goddard, Goraidh, Graig, Gram, Gyrd, Haward, Hereward, Jerad▼, Kennard, Kenward, Lenard▼, Menard, Renard, Rennard, Reynard, Ricard, Rikard, Seward, Sewerd, Shepard, Sherard, Sherrard, Siward and Vernard. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gerard.See names in meaning and etymology.