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PronouncedPron.ji-RAHRD American English
JER-əd British English
KHI-rahrt Dutch
zhə-RART Catalan
GE-rart Polish
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Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element ger meaning "spear" combined with hard meaning "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.
VariantsGerrard, Jerrard English Gerhard, Gerrit Dutch
DiminutivesGeert, Gerd, Gerry, Gert Dutch
Feminine FormsGerarda, Gerry Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesGerhard 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 SpellingGérard

Sources & References

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

Categories

astronomers, athletes, authors, brave, Catholic saints, footballers, poets, saints, scientists, singers, television, virtues, war, warrior, weapons, world leaders
Entry updated December 8, 2017