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For other uses, see Gerald (disambiguation).
Pronunciation /ˈɛrəld/ JERR-əld
Gender Mainly Male
Meaning "ruler of the spear"
Region of origin Germanic
Other names
Related names Jerrold, Jeri, Geraldine, Jerald, Jerry

Gerald is a masculine German given name meaning "rule of the spear" from the prefix ger- ("spear") and suffix -wald ("rule"). Variants include the English given name Jerrold, and the feminine nickname Jeri. Gerald is less common as a surname. People with the name Gerald include:[1]

Given name[edit]

Main article: Gerald (given name)
  • Gerald of Stereo, French saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Gerald of Mayo, saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Gerald of Toul, German priest who was appointed Bishop of Toul in 963.
  • Gerald of Wales, Cambro-Norman archdeacon of Brecon and historian. c. 1146 – c. 1223
  • Gerald of Windsor, Anglo-Norman progenitor of several noble families.
  • Gerald of Braga, saint Bishop of Braga in 1100.
  • Guiraud (Gerald of Béziers), saint Bishop of Béziers.
  • Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales), medieval clergyman and chronicler of his times.
  • Gerald Ford, U.S. President

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "View Name: Gerald". Retrieved 2007-12-30.