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Origin: Germanic
Meaning: Spear Carrier

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Gerald

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Gerald in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Gerald:

  • Records indicate that 445,272 boys in the United States have been named Gerald since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1942, when 11,466 people in the U.S. were given the name Gerald. Those people are now 78 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Gerald

    44% Approval Rating
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      4 Positive Comments

  • "I like it because it's an uncommon name. When I call people on the phone I only need to say "this is Gerald". Try that with Chris, Bob or Joe." Apr. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always wondered why Gerald was so popular in the 30's and 40's. Who was the "Gerald" that made it popular?" Jan. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name. It's a little old-fashioned, and people insist on calling me Jerry. It's not that different from all of the Jareds I see these days." Feb. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gerald and I love it! Unique & original" Aug. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "I hate being named Gerald. Kids made fun of my name all throughout my school years. I never considered myself to be a "Gerald." I knew only one or two Geralds in my life. One was retarded and ran around, flapping his arms like a bird and shouting his name "Gerald!" over and over again. The other Gerald was very, very mean. I changed my name to Jack recently. Now that's a good name!" Jun. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad is called Gerald, sounds snobby and pompous. Dad prefers to be called Gerry or Gel." Aug. 13, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate it. My mother should of named me by my middle name. Dominic" Jan. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's not a great name...I was made fun of in public and high school." Feb. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's just a bad name. My parents are so old fashion they had to name their son Gerald." Apr. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Neutral Comments

  • "my baby's name is Gerald,i love the name and dare at the name" Mar. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to not like my name, but now that I'm older (at 34) I like it mainly because its not that common a name yet it's still a regular name and it's easy to spell." Oct. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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