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Baby Name Gerald

Meaning of Gerald - What does the name Gerald means?
Gender: Boy Name
Origin: English
Name Meaning: Derived from the Germanic Gerwald, a compound name composed from the elements ger (a spear) and wald (rule): hence, "spear ruler, to rule with a spear." The name was introduced by the Normans, and though it was subsequently used by the English, it was never as common as Gerard, a name it was often confused with. The name died out in England by the end of the 13th century but was kept by the Irish. Toward the end of the 19th century, the name Gerald was reintroduced, and it has now become more popular than the enduring Gerard
Origins: View this name in other origins - English, French, German, Irish
Variants: Jerrold.
Shortened forms: Ged.
Pet forms: Gerry, Jerry
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