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Origin and popularity of the name GERALD

Origin

Gerald : English (of Norman origin); French (Gérald): from the ancient Germanic personal name Gerald Girald composed of the elements gēr ‘spear lance’ and wald ‘power authority’. It was introduced to Britain by the Normans and was fairly common but less so than Gerard with which it was early confused. In France the much more common variants of this surname are Géraud and Giraud.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FNI : The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Ireland, ©2021 Kay Muhr and Liam Ó hAisibéil

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    Variants of name GERALD

    GIRALT GIRAL GIVAL GIRALD GÉRAL GUIRAL GERALDE GUIRAILH