- this week

Gender: M Meaning of Gerald: "ruler with the spear" Origin of Gerald: English and Irish from German Gerald's Popularity in 2013: #726

Both a saint's name and a presidential one via Gerald Ford--who was born Leslie--Gerald is a quintessential 1930s-40s name, when it ranked as high as Number 19. Hence all those nice middle-aged and senior Jerrys we've all known and loved. Gerald has always been popular in Ireland, accounting for the prevalence of Fitzgeralds there. Though not considered stylish, Gerald remains on the popularity charts, now ranking at 726. Cousin Gerard has a similar profile, Geraldo is the well-used Spanish version, while Geraldine is the most promising of the family, in line to follow the path of Josephine to imminent revival.

Famous People Named Gerald

Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States
Gerald Wallace, American basketball player
Gerald Green, American basketball player
Gerald Sensabaugh, American football player
Gerald McRaney, American actor
Trevell Gerald Coleman, American rapper
Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey, San Francisco Giants catcher
Gerald R. Ford, airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Gerald Edelman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Pop Culture References for the Name Gerald

Gerald Winters, character from TV series "NYPD Blue"
Gerald O'Hara, Scarlett's father in Gone With the Wind
Gerald Martin Johanssen, Arnold's best friend on TV series Hey Arnold
Gerald Summers, character in G. A. Henty's, Under Drake's Flag

Gerard, Gerold, Gerrald, Gerrell, Gerritt, Gerry, Jaryl, Jerold, Jerrald, Jerrold, Jerry

Gerald's International Variations

Gerrit (Dutch) Gérald, Géralde, Giraud, Girauld, Géaud (French) Gerhart, Gerhard (German) Gellert, Gellart (Hungarian) Gearoid (Irish) Gearald, Gearóidin (Irish Gaelic) Girlado (Italian) Gerek (Polish) Garolds, Garold, Garald (Russian) Jarel, Jarell (Scandinavian) Herrado, Jeraldo, Geraldo (Spanish)

Inspired by Gerald? Tell us which names you like and we'll give you many more you might love

Discover 100s more amazing names you'll love with NameHunter

Hunt Me Some Names