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Origin & Meaning

The name Gerald is of English and French origin.

The meaning of Gerald is "spear rule".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 816 in baby name popularity for boys with 275 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Gerald Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Gerald has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Gerald to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Gerald include Jerald, Jerold, Jerrold.

The names Gearald, Gearalt, Gearld, Gearldine, Gearoid, Geraldine, Geraldo, Gerallt, Gerhold, Gerlinde, Gerolt, Gerrald, Gerrell, Giraldo, Jemal are all forms of Gerald.

Gerald has the diminutive (nickname) Gerry.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Gerald Ford.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Gerald in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Gerald.

Just for fun, see the name Gerald in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Gerald in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.