Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#3956 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Gerard and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Gerard appearing in the Top 1000 are Garrett (#236 last year), Jared (#296), Gerardo (#402), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Gerald (#816), Jerald, Jerrold, Garret, Jerold, Gerold, Geraldo, Garold, Gerhard and Gerry. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 and has become significantly less since, with forms like Gerald, Gary, Jerry, Jerold and Jerrold becoming somewhat outmoded. Garrett (#236), Gerardo (#402) and Jared (#296) are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names in this list, with Garrett enjoying a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Gerard▼ is pronounced similarly to Jerrard. This name tends to be less commonly used than Gerard.