PRONOUNCED: JER-əld (English), GE-rahlt (German) [key]
Meaning & History
From a Germanic
name meaning "rule of the spear", from the elements ger
"spear" and wald
"rule". The Normans
brought this name to Britain. Though it died out in England during the Middle Ages, it remained common in Ireland. It was revived in the English-speaking world in 19th century.
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