Gerard
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Given Name GERARD
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: jə-RAHRD (English), JER-ərd (English), KHAY-rahrt (Dutch), GE-rahrt (Polish)   [key]
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.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Gerrard, Jerrard (English), Gerhard, Gerrit (Dutch)
DIMINUTIVES: Geert, Gerd, Gerry, Gert (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Gerarda, Gerry (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Gerhard (Ancient Germanic), 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), Geert (Low German), Cai, Caj, Kai, Kaj, Kay (Norwegian), Gerardo (Spanish), Gerhard, Cai, Caj, Kai, Kaj, Kay (Swedish)
SAME SPELLING: Gérard
Popularity
United States  - 
England and Wales  - 
Catalonia  ranked #14 
Netherlands  - 
Northern Ireland  - 
Spain  ranked #82 
Switzerland  - 
Sources and References
  • Patrick Hanks & Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of First Names (1990)