Infobox Given Name Revised
name = Gerard
gender = male
meaning = strong/brave with the spear
region = common in regions where Germanic and/or Romance languages are spoken
origin = Germanic
related names =
Gerard is a male forename of Germanic origin, variations of which exist in many Germanic and Romance languages. Like many other early Germanic names, it is dithematic, consisting of two meaningful constituents put together. In this case, those constituents are 'ger' (meaning 'spear') and 'hard' (meaning 'hard/strong/brave'). The meaning of the name is thus 'strong/brave with the spear'.
Common forms of the name are "Gerard" (English, Dutch and Catalan), "Gerardo" (Italian and Spanish), "Gérard" (French), "Gearóid" (Irish), "
Gerhard", " Gerhardt" and "Gerhart" (Afrikaans, Dutch, and German), "Gellért" (Hungarian). A few abbreviated forms are " Gerry" and " Jerry" (English); "Gert" and "Gerd" (Afrikaans, Dutch and German); "Gerrit" (Afrikaans and Dutch); "Gertjie" (Afrikaans), and " Geert" (Dutch).
Geraldis also related to Gerard, though it has a slightly different meaning.
Persons whose first name is 'Gerard'
Gerard Butler, Scottish actor
Gérard Depardieu, French actor
;Authors and playwrights
Gerhart Hauptmann(1882-1946), German dramatist who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912.
Gerard Manley Hopkins(1844–1889) British Victorian poetand Jesuitpriest
;Christian saints and figures
* Saint Gerard of Brogne
* Saint Gerard of Clairvaux
* Saint Gerard of Lunel
* Saint Gerard of Toul, bishop of
Saint Gerard Majella
* Saint Gerard Sagredo, bishop of
* Gerard de Bourgogne,
Pope Nicholas II
Bishop of Hereford(1096–1100) and Archbishop of York (1100–1108)
Gerard McMahon, English singer/songwriter
Gerard Way, vocalist in My Chemical Romance
Gerard Yra, vocalist in X-Division
* Gerard (Gerry) Adams, Irish politician, president of
Gerard Kennedy, CanadianLiberal politician
Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany 1998-2005
Gerard of Cremona(1114–1187), Italian translator of scientific works
Gerard O'Neill, physicist
Gerard Bosch van Drakestein(1887-1972), Dutch track cyclist
Gérard Houllier, former manager of Liverpool F.C.& Olympique Lyonnais
Gerard López Segú, Spanish/Catalan football (soccer)player
Gerard Piqué, Catalan football (soccer)player
Gerard van Velde, Dutch ice speed skater
Persons whose last name is 'Gerard'
Étienne Maurice Gérard(1773–1852), marshaland later Prime Minister of France
Geoff Gerard, Australian rugby league footballer
John Gerard(1545–1612), English botanist
Rosemonde Gérard(1871–1953), French poet and playwright
Persons whose assumed name is 'Gerard'
* Gerhard, Canadian comic book artist.
Fictional characters whose name is 'Gerard'
Joe Gerard, character in the 1970's sitcom" Rhoda".
* Lieutenant Philip Gerard, character in the TV series "The Fugitive"
* Marshal Samuel Gerard, character in the films "The Fugitive" and "U.S. Marshals"
Gerard DuGalle, an admiral in Starcraft
Gerard (Aboriginal Council), a local government area of South Australia
* Gerard, a
Japanese progressive rockband.
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