[ 2 syll. ge-rar(d), ger-a-rd ] The baby boy name Gerard is pronounced in English as JHah-RAARD or in Dutch as K-EY-RaaRT †. Gerard is largely used in the English, French, and Dutch languages, and it is derived from Irish and Germanic origins. From Germanic roots, its meaning is brave with the spear - in this context, Gerard can be used in the Dutch and English languages. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'ger' meaning spear ; 'hart' brave, hardy. Gairhard (Germanic) and Gerart (Germanic) are original forms of Gerard. The name was introduced by the Normans to England in the 11th century, and was used more commonly than the similar name Gerald in the Middle Ages. The name was used regularly till the 17th century and saw a revival in the 19th century. It has an aristocratic flavor to it, and is today used mainly by Roman Catholics.
Gerard is an English variant of the name Garret (English and Irish).
Gerard is also an English and French variant of the name Gerald (English and German).
The name Gerharde (German) is the female equivalent of Gerard.
The name Gerard is used to a great extent; it has 44 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Gared, Garet, Garett, Garrad, Garrard, Garrat, Garratt, Garret, Garrett, Gearard, Gerad, Gerar, Gerardo (also used in Italian and Spanish), Gerarrd, Geraud, Gerod, Girard, Giraud, Girault, Jarred, Jarrett, and Jerard (also used in French). Other English forms include the pet forms Ged, Geddy, Gerry (also used in German), and Jerry (also used in German), and the variant spellings Gerrard and Jerrard.
Foreign variants of Gerard include Gearóid (Irish), Geer (Dutch), Gellért (Hungarian), Gerardus (Dutch), Gerd (German), Gerhard (German and Scandinavian), Gerhart (German and Scandinavian), Gerit (Frisian), Gero (German), Gerrit (Frisian), Gérard (French), Géraud (French), Gherardo (Italian), Jerardo (Spanish), and Kai (Frisian). Another foreign variant is the pet form Gert (German).
Gerard is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1956 with 0.075% of baby boys being given the name Gerard. Its ranking then was #180. The baby name has since dropped out of favor, and is now of sporadic use. In 2012, among the group of boy names directly linked to Gerard, Kai was the most frequently used.
Baby names that sound like Gerard include Geordie, Gerado, Gerahd, Gerarrd, Geraud, Gerhard, Gerit, Gerrard, Gerrett, Gerrit, Gerritt, Girard, Cadrawd, Caerde, Cardew, Cardoo, Cardou, Cardu, Cayrd, and Cayrde.
† Pronunciation for Gerard: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
A famous person named Gerard is Actor, Gerard Butler, born 13 November 1969, Glasgow, Scotland.