Given Name GERARD

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ji-RAHRD (American English), JER-əd (British English), KHI-rahrt (Dutch), zhə-RART (Catalan), GE-rart (Polish)   [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element ger "spear" combined with hard "brave, hardy". The Normans introduced this name to Britain. It was initially much more common than the similar name Gerald, with which it was often confused, but it is now less common.

Categories

actors, astronomers, athletes, authors, brave, footballers, poets, saints, scientists, singers, television, virtues, weapons, world leaders
VARIANTS: Gerrard, Jerrard (English), Gerhard, Gerrit (Dutch)
DIMINUTIVES: Geert, Gerd, Gerry, Gert (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Gerarda, Gerry (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Gerhard (Ancient Germanic), Gerhard, Cai, Caj, Kai, Kaj, Kay (Danish), Kai (Finnish), Gérard (French), Gerrit, Jorrit, Jurryt, Jurre, Kai, Kay (Frisian), Gerhard, Gerd, Gerhardt, Gert, Kai, Kay (German), Gellért (Hungarian), Gearóid (Irish), Gerardo, Gherardo (Italian), Sjra (Limburgish), Gerhard, Cai, Caj, Kai, Kaj, Kay (Norwegian), Gerardo (Spanish), Gerhard, Cai, Caj, Kai, Kaj, Kay (Swedish)
SAME SPELLING: Gérard
  United States
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  Catalonia
2014
  England and Wales
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  France
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  Netherlands
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  Northern Ireland
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  Spain
2015
  Switzerland
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Sources & References

  • Patrick Hanks & Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of First Names (1990)