Given Name GERALD

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English, German
PRONOUNCED: JER-əld (English), GE-ralt (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

From a Germanic name meaning "rule of the spear", from the elements ger meaning "spear" and wald meaning "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.
VARIANTS: Jerald, Jerold, Jerrold (English), Gerold, Gerhold (German)
DIMINUTIVES: Gerry, Jere, Jerry (English)
FEMININE FORMS: Geraldine, Gerry, Jerry (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Gerold (Ancient Germanic), Gerolt (Dutch), Gérald, Géraud (French), Gearalt, Gearóid (Irish), Giraldo (Italian), Geraldo (Portuguese), Geraldo (Spanish), Gerallt (Welsh)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017