Gender: Male Meaning of Gerald: "ruler with the spear" Origin of Gerald: English and Irish from German Gerald's Popularity in 2019: #894

Gerald Origin and Meaning

The name Gerald is a boy's name of English origin meaning "ruler with the spear".

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 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. Cousin Gerard has a similar profile, Geraldo is the well-used Spanish version, and Geraldine is the most promising of the family, in line to follow the path of Josephine to imminent revival.

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Rank in US: #894

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Pop Culture References for the name Gerald

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

Gerald's International Variations

Girlado (Italian) Gerek (Polish) Gearald, Gearóidin (Irish Gaelic) Gerhart, Gerhard (German) Gellert, Gellart (Hungarian) Gérald, Géralde, Giraud, Girauld, Géaud (French) Gearoid (Irish) Jarel, Jarell (Scandinavian)


GenEric Says:


I love this name, but prefer Ger as a nickname.

kousa Says:


Do you think you could get the nickname "Gem" out of this? It seems like a bit of a stretch but is super cute!
Maybe the alternative Jerald would be better for the nn Jem...

paulapuddephatt Says:


I have a slight preference for Gerard, but both names are nice, and Gerry as a nickname is cute.

Carol Says:


my father is Gerald, otherwise i would probably love Geraldine. but i do tend to like heavy cumbersome names. they would joke that they considered naming me Geraldine, which is perhaps why i hate it, but I ended up with Carol. my parents were not good namers in general.

Catastroffy Says:


Gerald and Gerard are both very handsome names, but I see Geraldine as being rather syllable-heavy and cumbersome, so I'm suprised that it is the "most promising in the family".

notquitetea Says:


The description made me laugh, because my dad's name was Jerry, and he was a perfectly nice guy, and if I have another son I will be naming him after his grandfather :-) We would use the nickname Jed (Ged) for Gerald instead of Jerry though. Gives the name a fresh twist I think.