German and French, feminine variation of Gerald
"ruler with the spear"

Geraldine Origin and Meaning

The name Geraldine is a girl's name of German, French origin meaning "ruler with the spear".

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 1910s 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 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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Geraldine Rank in US Top 1000

# 1097 on Nameberry

Geraldine Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Geraldine Popularity

Famous People Named Geraldine

  • Géraldine Margit Virginia Olga Mária Apponyi de NagyAppony, Queen consort of Zog of Albania
  • Geraldine BrooksAustralian,American novelist
  • Geraldine Leigh ChaplinAmerican,British actress, daughter of Charlie Chaplin
  • (Alice) Geraldine FarrarAmerican operatic soprano and actress
  • Geraldine Anne Ferrarrofirst American woman vice presidential candidate
  • Geraldine Mary FitzgeraldIrish,American actress
  • Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell aka Ginger Spicesinger of English group Spice Girls
  • Geraldine HuntAmerican R&B singer
  • Geraldine JamesEnglish actress
  • Geraldine Jane KemperDutch actress
  • Geraldine McEwanEnglish actress
  • Geraldine Sue PageAmerican actress
  • Geraldine PailhasFrench actress
  • Geraldine BrooksAmerican actress
  • Geraldine Ann "Geri" JewellAmerican actress
  • (Annie) Geraldine UlmarAmerican singer and actress
  • Audre Geraldine LordeCaribbean,American writer and activist
  • The Fair Geraldine aka Elizabeth FitzGeraldCountess of Lincoln

Geraldine in Pop Culture

  • Geraldine McQueenfictional singer played by Peter Kay
  • Boadicea Geraldine "Gerry" Grangercharacter on TV's "Vicar of Dibley"
  • Geraldinebeloved of Jack Wilton in "The Unfortunate Traveller: or, the Life of Jack Wilton" (1594) by Thomas Nashe
  • Geraldinecharacter in Coleridge's poem "Christabel" (1797,1801)
  • Ramona Geraldine Quimbycharacter in novels by Beverly Clearly
  • Geraldinecharacter in "Jemima J"
  • Geraldinesamurai sword on TV's "Lost Girl"
  • Geraldine Raymondcharacter 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
  • Geraldine Waxelplaxa character in the Nickelodeon cartoon "The Fairly OddParents"
  • Geraldine Grundycharacter from "Riverdale"
  • Helga Geraldine Patakicharacter on "Hey Arnold"