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PronouncedPron.JER-əld English
GE-ralt German

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.
VariantsJerald, Jerold, Jerrold English Gerold, Gerhold German
DiminutivesGerry, Jere, Jerry English
Feminine FormsGeraldine, Gerry, Jerry English
Other Languages & CulturesGerold Ancient Germanic Gerolt Dutch Gérald, Géraud French Gearalt, Gearóid Irish Giraldo Italian Geraldo Portuguese Geraldo Spanish Gerallt Welsh
Same SpellingGérald
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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute