Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. JEHR-əld(English)
GEH-ralt(German)
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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.

Related Names

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

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Name Days

Poland: October 13
Poland: December 5

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Entry updated November 20, 2020