What does Gerard mean?
Gerard /ger-ard/ [2 sylls.] 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 27 more different relations via Gerald: Garald, Garold, Gary▼, Gearalt, Geralde, Geraldo, Gerallt, Gere, Gerek, Gerhold, Gerik, Gerold▼, Gerolld, Gerollt, Gerolt, Gerrald, Gerrell, Gerrild, Gerrold, Geryld, Giraldo, Girauld, Jarrett▼, Jerald▼, Jerold▼, Jerri and Jerrold▼.
Gerard has 1 feminine form: Gerardine.Kreatif forms: Gorard, Grerard. [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)
Garrett (#236 last year), Jared (#296), Gerardo (#402), Jerry (#451), Gary (#560), Gerald (#816), Jarrett, Jerald, Jerrold, Jerold, Gerhard, Geraldo, Garret, Garold, Gerold and Gerry are the prominent alternative forms of Gerard. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4353%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1905%, 56.2% less), with forms like Gerald, Gary, Jarrett, Jerry and Gerard 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)