Gerald

[ jer-uh ld ]
/ ˈdʒɛr əld /
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noun

a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “spear” and “rule.”

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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.

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