Geraldine

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Gerald +‎ -ine. c. 1540 by the Earl of Surrey as a poetic name for Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald, "one of the Fitzgeralds". Taken up as a given name in the 19th century, and used as a feminine form of Gerald.

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Geraldine

  1. A female given name.
    • circa 1540 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Description and praise of his love Geraldine:
      Hunsdon did first present her to mine eyen; / Bright is her hue, and Geraldine she hight.
    • 1936 George Weller: Clutch and Differential. Ayer 1970. ISBN 0836936590 page 196:
      Alberta is more like a man's name than any other name that comes from a men's, more than Georgianna which is just like a magnolia blossom or Henrietta which most people change to Etta or Geraldine which nobody ever thinks of coming from a man's Irish name like Gerald.

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Geraldine (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the medieval FitzGerald dynasty of Ireland.

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