Gerald

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From Old French, ultimately from Germanic gēr (spear) + wald (ruler).

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Gerald

  1. A male given name brought to England by Normans. It survived in Ireland, and was revived in the 19th century.
    • 1855 Maturin Murray Ballou: The Turkish Spies Ali Abubeker Kaled, and Zenobia Marrita Mustapha. A.R.Orton 1855. page 150:
      Helen interrupted her sister, by asking her opinion of the how the name, Gerald Vernon, sounded.
      "Oh, charmingly!" said Charlotte, and, raising herself above her sister, and reclining her splendid head upon her arm, continued she, "Why, do you know such a one?"
      "I do," said Helen, "It's a pretty name, that's all," and she tried to draw her sister's attention off, - - -
    • 1998 Barbara Vine ( Ruth Rendell ): The Chimney Sweeper's Boy. ISBN 0670879274 page 168:
      "You're saying my father's favourite names were Gerald and Candless?"
      "Not likely, is it? But Gerald must have been a favourite name with Kathleen and George Candless or they wouldn't have called their son by it?"

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Gerald

  1. A male given name, cognate to English Gerald.

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