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