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Of Germanic origin.

Means “brave spearman”.

Derives from the Germanic elements “ger”, meaning spear and “hard”, meaning brave.

Other forms of the name are: Gert, Jerrard, Gerrard, Cai, Kay, Gerry, Gerardo.

Famous bearers are Gerard Butler, Gerard Pique, Gérard Depardieu, Gerard Way, Gérard Philipe, Gerard Christopher, Gérard Lenorman, Gerard Horan, Gérard Lanvin, Gerard Joling, Gerard Malanga.

Scottish actor Gerard Butler was studying law when offered a role in a stage production of “Coriolanus”, by actor Steven Berkoff, and then decided to give up law for acting.