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Gender: F Meaning of Geraldine: "ruler with the spear" Origin of Geraldine: German and French, feminine variation of Gerald Geraldine's Popularity in 2012: #992

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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 Chaplin, American actress
Geraldine "Geri" Halliwell, a Spice Girl
Geraldine James, English actress
Geraldine Brooks, Australian author and journalist
Geraldine McEwan, English actress
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-American actress
Geraldine Page, American actress
Geraldine Farrar, American opera singer
Queen Geraldine of the Albanians, wife of King Zog
Audre Geraldine Lorde, writer-activist
Geraldine Jane Kemper, Dutch actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Geraldine

Geraldine, song by Glasvegas
Geraldine McQueen, fictional singer played by Peter Kay
Geraldine, an opera by Michael William Balfe
Geraldine and John, a song on Joe Jackson's album "I'm the Man"
Geraldine Granger, from the Vicar of Dibley TV series
Elizabeth FitzGerald, Countess of Lincoln (1527-90), was known as "the Fair Geraldine"
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 created by Beverly Clearly
Geraldine, character in the book "Jemima J"
Geraldine, the name of Kenzi's samurai sword on TV show "Lost Girl"

Deena, Dina, Dyna, Geraldeen, Geraldene, Geraldyna, Geraldyne, Geralyn, Geralynne, Gerdene, Gerdine, Geri, Gerianna, Gerianne, Gerilynn, Gerri, Gerrie, Gerrilee, Gerrilyn, Gerroldine, Gerry, Jeraldeen, Jeraldene, Jeraldine, Jeralee, Jere, Jeri, Jerilene, Jerrie, Jerrileen, Jerroldeen, Jerry

Geraldine's International Variations

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