Gerald

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449k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
5k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gerald

"Gerald" is a name of English origin, and it means "Rules with Spear". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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From Old French, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (“spear”) + *waldą (“might, power”).

  1. A male given name brought to England by Normans. It survived in Ireland, and was revived in the 19th century.
  2. A city in Missouri.
  3. A village in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Gerald was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Gerald

Gerald Ford was a 38th President of the United States, 40th Vice President of the United States, House Minority Leader, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives, and Republican Conference Chairman of the. Gerald was born on July 14th, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. He left this life on December 26th, 2006.

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G-Eazy is a hip hop music rapping, songwriter, and hip hop production. G-Eazy was given the name Gerald Earl Gillum on May 24th, 1989.

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Sir Gerald Kaufman is a for Manchester Gorton, for Manchester Ardwick, Father of the House, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Member of Parliament, forManchester Gorton, forManchester Ardwick, Food, and Rural Affairs. Gerald was born on June 21st, 1930 in Leeds.

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Jerry Stiller is a comedian and actor. Jerry was given the name Gerald Isaac Stiller on June 8th, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Maxwell is a contemporary r&b, soul music, neo soul, quiet storm, funk, and jazz singer-songwriter and record producer. He plays Piano, Guitar, Moog synthesizer, and Vocals. He holds the title Sumthin' Sumthin'". His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 2002. Maxwell was given the name Gerald Maxwell Rivera on May 23rd, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Geraldo Rivera is a journalist, talk show host, writer, and attorney. He has been prominent since 1970. Geraldo was given the name Gerald Michael Rivera on July 4th, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gerald

Matt was born on May 2nd, 1970 in Miami.

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A Guy Called Gerald is an acid house, drum, bass, techno, and electronica musician. A was given the name Gerald Simpson on February 16th, 1967.

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John was born on March 7th, 1893. He died on March 17th, 1963.

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Alfreda Gerald is a rhythm, blues, gospel music, and opera musician.

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Ed Fitz Gerald is a baseball. Ed was born on May 21st, 1924 in Santa Ynez, California.

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Gaston Gerald is a farmer and ranch. Gaston was born on October 20th, 1931.

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How popular is the baby name Gerald in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 11 0 11
1881 14 0 14
1882 15 0 15
1883 13 0 13
1884 19 0 19
1885 23 0 23
1886 28 0 28
1887 22 0 22
1888 30 0 30
1889 48 0 48
1890 44 0 44
1891 45 0 45
1892 62 0 62
1893 55 0 55
1894 75 0 75
1895 76 0 76
1896 95 0 95
1897 93 0 93
1898 100 0 100
1899 108 0 108
1900 157 0 157
1901 133 0 133
1902 151 0 151
1903 182 0 182
1904 201 0 201
1905 189 0 189
1906 191 0 191
1907 239 0 239
1908 270 0 270 #97 boy name
1909 301 0 301 #95 boy name
1910 294 5 289
1911 462 0 462 #88 boy name
1912 934 5 929 #86 boy name
1913 1,148 6 1,142 #84 boy name
1914 1,475 7 1,468 #81 boy name
1915 2,093 8 2,085 #78 boy name
1916 2,272 12 2,260 #76 boy name
1917 2,497 11 2,486 #69 boy name
1918 2,736 24 2,712 #72 boy name
1919 2,706 17 2,689 #70 boy name
1920 3,178 21 3,157 #64 boy name
1921 3,407 24 3,383 #60 boy name
1922 3,566 23 3,543 #58 boy name
1923 3,719 25 3,694 #54 boy name
1924 4,174 21 4,153 #49 boy name
1925 4,545 39 4,506 #45 boy name
1926 5,171 48 5,123 #41 boy name
1927 5,566 56 5,510 #38 boy name
1928 5,530 40 5,490 #41 boy name
1929 6,015 49 5,966 #33 boy name
1930 6,520 40 6,480 #30 boy name
1931 6,880 55 6,825 #26 boy name
1932 7,388 44 7,344 #24 boy name
1933 7,465 43 7,422 #22 boy name
1934 7,865 49 7,816 #22 boy name
1935 8,504 48 8,456 #21 boy name
1936 9,056 39 9,017 #19 boy name
1937 9,474 51 9,423 #20 boy name
1938 10,005 37 9,968 #19 boy name
1939 10,097 47 10,050 #19 boy name
1940 10,285 44 10,241 #21 boy name
1941 10,983 43 10,940 #20 boy name
1942 11,515 37 11,478 #22 boy name
1943 11,414 55 11,359 #23 boy name
1944 10,059 38 10,021 #24 boy name
1945 8,896 36 8,860 #25 boy name
1946 10,059 33 10,026 #27 boy name
1947 10,794 46 10,748 #28 boy name
1948 9,882 37 9,845 #30 boy name
1949 9,833 28 9,805 #33 boy name
1950 9,764 40 9,724 #34 boy name
1951 9,573 30 9,543 #36 boy name
1952 9,065 33 9,032 #39 boy name
1953 8,647 35 8,612 #42 boy name
1954 8,580 38 8,542 #44 boy name
1955 8,095 32 8,063 #48 boy name
1956 8,015 33 7,982 #49 boy name
1957 7,628 34 7,594 #51 boy name
1958 6,894 32 6,862 #58 boy name
1959 6,673 41 6,632 #61 boy name
1960 6,598 36 6,562 #62 boy name
1961 6,667 44 6,623 #62 boy name
1962 6,265 32 6,233 #64 boy name
1963 6,193 33 6,160 #60 boy name
1964 5,902 32 5,870 #60 boy name
1965 5,294 38 5,256 #64 boy name
1966 4,899 30 4,869 #60 boy name
1967 4,911 40 4,871 #59 boy name
1968 4,505 29 4,476 #62 boy name
1969 4,429 41 4,388 #65 boy name
1970 4,444 43 4,401 #66 boy name
1971 3,627 33 3,594 #83 boy name
1972 2,837 15 2,822
1973 2,622 29 2,593
1974 2,436 20 2,416
1975 2,418 16 2,402
1976 2,162 19 2,143
1977 2,062 15 2,047
1978 1,910 19 1,891
1979 1,887 22 1,865
1980 1,836 17 1,819
1981 1,779 16 1,763
1982 1,741 22 1,719
1983 1,567 17 1,550
1984 1,455 13 1,442
1985 1,462 14 1,448
1986 1,465 10 1,455
1987 1,451 10 1,441
1988 1,412 9 1,403
1989 1,479 9 1,470
1990 1,450 0 1,450
1991 1,264 5 1,259
1992 1,183 8 1,175
1993 1,126 10 1,116
1994 954 0 954
1995 890 0 890
1996 822 0 822
1997 773 0 773
1998 671 0 671
1999 685 0 685
2000 680 0 680
2001 609 0 609
2002 556 0 556
2003 529 0 529
2004 552 0 552
2005 472 0 472
2006 465 0 465
2007 471 0 471
2008 415 0 415
2009 395 0 395
2010 348 0 348
2011 372 0 372
2012 346 0 346
2013 328 0 328
2014 278 0 278
2015 312 0 312
2016 283 0 283

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Popularity of Gerald as a first name

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Popularity of Gerald as a last name

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Common last names for Gerald

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Murphy
  • Allen
  • Young
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gerald U.S.
  White 46.30% 64.26%
  African American 46.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gerald

People with the last name Gerald are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gerald

  • How Popular is the name Gerald? Gerald is the 145th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gerald was the 6,476th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gerald have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 449,330 babies born with the first name Gerald in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gerald to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gerald? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Gerald first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gerald is Thursday, June 11th, 1829.
  • What year had the most people named Gerald born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gerald was in 1942 with a total of 11,478 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gerald!
  • Random Gerald Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gerald ranks 39th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 259 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Gerald: Your name in reverse order is Dlareg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Adgrel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gerald? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,244 people with the last name Gerald.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gerald? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Gerald as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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