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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.

For more information, see also related boy names Garret and Ged.

There is 1 feminine form of Gerard: Gerardine.


Gerard is a very popular first name for males (#322 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3956 out of 88799, Top 4%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gerard for boys. Gerard reached its highest rank of #202 in the U.S. in 1950-1959 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerard name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gerard outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gerard and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Garrett (#236), Jared (#296), Gerardo (#402), Gerald (#816), Gerry, Gerard, Garret and Gerhard. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Garret, Garrett, Gerald, Gerard, Gerardo, Gerhard, Gerry, Jared in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Garrett, Gerard, Jared outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gerard is also pronounced similarly to Jerrard. This name tends to be less commonly used than Gerard.