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Gender: F Meaning of Geraldine: "ruler with the spear" Origin of Geraldine: German and French, feminine variation of Gerald

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Though twin brother Gerald is still in baby name limbo, Geraldine is in line to follow the path of Josephine to imminent revival--even though Gerry is not as spunky a nickname as Josie.

Geraldine was at its hottest from the nineteen-teens through the forties, peaking at Number 38 in 1931. It was invented in the time of Henry VIII by a noble poet who fell in love with a Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald and, taking off from her surname, referred to her as the "Faire Geraldine."

Geraldine has the distinction of being the name of the first woman to be a major party vice-presidential candidate, Geraldine Ferraro. Other notable bearers include actors Geraldine Fitzgerald, Chaplin and Page, and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Trivia notes: Geraldine is the middle name of Ramona Quimby. And Geraldine was the name of the sassy female character played by Flip Wilson on his popular TV variety show.

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Famous People Named Geraldine

Geraldine Anne Ferrarro, first American woman vice presidential candidate
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin, American-British actress, daughter of Charlie Chaplin
Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell aka Ginger Spice, singer of English group Spice Girls
Geraldine James, English actress
Geraldine Brooks, Australian-American novelist
Geraldine McEwan, English actress
Geraldine Mary Fitzgerald, Irish-American actress
Geraldine Sue Page, American actress
Geraldine Farrar, American opera singer
Geraldine of the Albanians, wife of King Zog
Geraldine Jane Kemper, Dutch actress
Géraldine Pailhas, French actress
Audre Geraldine Lorde, Caribbean-American writer and activist
The Fair Geraldine aka Elizabeth FitzGerald, Countess of Lincoln

Pop Culture References for the Name Geraldine

Geraldine McQueen, fictional singer played by Peter Kay
Boadicea Geraldine "Gerry" Granger, character on TV's "Vicar of Dibley"
Geraldine, beloved of Jack Wilton in "The Unfortunate Traveller: or, the Life of Jack Wilton" (1594) by Thomas Nashe
Geraldine, character in Coleridge's poem "Christabel" (1797-1801)
Ramona Geraldine Quimby, character in novels by Beverly Clearly
Geraldine, character in "Jemima J"
Geraldine, samurai sword on TV's "Lost Girl"
Geraldine Raymond, character in "Anne of Windy Poplars" by L.M. Montgomery
"Geraldine," song by Glasvegas
"Geraldine," an opera by Michael William Balfe
"Geraldine and John," song by Joe Jackson

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Geraldine's International Variations

Gerhardine (German) Gearóidin (Irish Gaelic) Giralda (Italian) Geralda, Geraldina (Spanish)