Given Name GERARD

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ji-RAHRD (American English), JER-əd (British English), KHI-rahrt (Dutch), zhə-RART (Catalan), GE-rart (Polish)  [details]

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.
VARIANTS: Gerrard, Jerrard (English), Gerhard, Gerrit (Dutch)
DIMINUTIVES: Geert, Gerd, Gerry, Gert (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Gerarda, Gerry (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Gerhard (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)

Sources & References

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


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Entry updated December 8, 2017