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What does Gerard mean?

Gerard /ger-ard/ [2 sylls.] 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.

Related boy names: Garret and Ged.

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.

Kreatif forms: Gegard, Giurard. [more]

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. 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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerard, Garold, Garret, Garrett, Gary in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerald, Geraldo, Gerardo, Gerhard, Gerold in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerry, Jared, Jerald, Jerold, Jerrold, Jerry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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