What does Gerard mean?
Gerard \ge-ra-rd\ as a boys' 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 variants: Garrard, Garrat, Garratt, Garrett, Gearard, Gerardo, Geraud, Gerhard▼, Gerhardt, Gerhart, Gerrard, Gerri, Gerry▼, Gherardo, Girard, Giraud, Girault, Jarard, Jared, Jerard, Jerardo, Jerarrd and Jerrott.
Gerard▼ has 25 more different forms via Gerald: Garald, Garold, Gary▼, Gearalt, Geralde, Geraldo, Gere, Gerek, Gerik, Gerold▼, Gerolld, Gerollt, Gerolt, Gerrald, Gerrell, Gerrild, Gerrold, Geryld, Giraldo, Girauld, Jerald▼, Jerold▼, Jerri, Jerrold▼ and Jerry▼.
Gerard has 1 feminine form: Gerardine.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Gerard for boys. Gerard entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #202 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Garrett (#236 last year), Jared (#296), Gerardo (#402), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Gerald (#816), Jerald, Jerrold, Garret, Jerold, Gerold, Geraldo, Garold, Gerhard and Gerry are the prominent alternative forms of Gerard. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4614%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.2024%, down 56.1%), with forms like Gerald, Gary, Jerry, Gerard and Gerry becoming somewhat outmoded. Garrett (#236), Gerardo (#402) and Jared (#296) are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names in this list, and there is a revival in baby name usage for Garrett. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Gerard and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Gerard▼ is pronounced similarly to Jerrard. This name tends to be less commonly used than Gerard.