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Gerald

[jer-uh ld] /ˈdʒɛr əld/
noun
1.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “spear” and “rule.”.
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  • Gerald took advantage of the mishap to get Connie over to the window.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • At hearing this, Gerald burst into a hearty fit of laughter.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • "You're going to work half the night, again," remarked the veteran, casting a meaning look at Gerald.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • Gerald is a student, and Marianne's cousin, who lives next door.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • The Marquis was in evening dress and white bow; Gerald, in a dinner-jacket, wore a tea rose in his button-hole.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
Word Origin and History for Gerald

masc. proper name, introduced by the Normans, from Old French Giralt, from Old High German Gerwald, "spear-wielder," from Proto-Germanic *girald, from *ger "spear" + base of waltan "to rule" (cf. Old English wealdan). The name often was confused with Gerard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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