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Meaning & History

Probably a Latinized form of a Germanic name with a first element deriving from ger "spear". Saint Gervasius was an early martyr from Milan whose remains were discovered in the 4th century.
VariantsGero, Gervas
Other Languages & CulturesGeirr Ancient Scandinavian Gervase English Gervais French Gero, Gervas German Geir Icelandic Gervasio Italian Geir Norwegian Gerwazy Polish Gervásio Portuguese Gervasio Spanish

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 586


Latinizations, saints, uncertain etymology, weapons
Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute