Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. /ˈd͡ʒɛɹ.əld/(English) /ˈɡeː.ʁalt/(German)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From a Germanic name meaning "power of the spear", from the elements ger meaning "spear" and walt meaning "power, authority". The Normans brought it 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, Geri, Gerri, Gerry, Jerry(English)
Other Languages & CulturesGérald, Géraud(French) Geroald, Gerold(Germanic) Gearóid, Gearalt(Irish) Giraldo(Italian) Geraldo(Portuguese) Geraldo(Spanish) Gerallt(Welsh)
Same SpellingGérald


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   simple   serious  

Name Days

Austria: October 13
Austria: December 5
Poland: October 13
Poland: December 5


Entry updated April 23, 2024