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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. ji-RAHRD(American English)
JEHR-əd(British English)
GHEH-rahrt(Dutch)
zhə-RART(Catalan)
GEH-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) Ģirts(Latvian) 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)

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