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Of Germanic origin.

Associated with the Old English name Gervald.

It means “ruler with┬áthe spear”.

From the word elements “ger”, meaning spear and “wald”, meaning rule, power.

Feminine form is Geraldine.

Other forms of the name are: Gerry, Geraldo, Jerald, Gerolt.

Famous bearers are Gerald Ford, Gerald McRaney, Gerald Green, Gerald Levert, Gerald Masters, Gerald Finzi.