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National Gerald Day – June 17, 2023

We celebrate National Gerald Day every June 17. We dedicate this day to honoring all the Geralds and their wonderful contributions to the world. Gerald is a common name that has been declining in use. This traditionally masculine name has Germanic roots. It was most popular between the 1930s and 1940s before people started using it less. Now, let’s list some of the most important Geralds in history and look into facts about the name.

History of National Gerald Day

Do you know anyone named Gerald? These days, the name is used less. Most of the Geralds we know were born before 1960 when the name was still in vogue. Although fewer people pass it on to their children now, the name is still very much alive.

Gerald is of German origin and means “rule of the spear” or “bright spear.” Simply put, Gerald refers to a person who rules with the spear. It’s a masculine name used extensively in the U.S. and Europe. The prefix ‘ger’ means ‘spear,’ and the suffix ‘wald’ means ‘rule’ or ‘brightness.’ Gerald was first used in regions of what we now know as Germany. The Norman and Germanic tribes brought the name to England when they began settling there. In the 19th century, the name reached the U.S. from England and eventually gained popularity.

There was a steady increase in the name’s use in the 1900s until 1950, and many eminent personalities named Gerald were born during this time. But after the 1950s, fewer people were given the name. Although we’re past the golden days of Geralds, the name’s vintage charm has yet to fade.

National Gerald Day timeline

1943
The Duke Of Wellington

Gerald Wellesley becomes the seventh Duke of Wellington.

1945
Three Grand Slams

Gerald Davies, one of few Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams, is born.

1974
The American President

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. is sworn in as the 38th president of the U.S.

1997
The U.S. Ambassador to Portugal

Gerald S. McGowan becomes the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal.

National Gerald Day FAQs

Is Gerald a rare name?

Gerald is not a rare name, but it’s not overly common either. In 2021, it was the 1,018th most popular boy’s name.

When was the name Gerald popular?

The name was the 19th most popular name between the 1930s and 1940s.

What name is short for Gerald?

Gerry is often used as a nickname for Gerald.

National Gerald Day Activities

  1. Meet a Gerald

    Do you know anyone named Gerald? If not, it’s time to make a new friend. If you already know one, spend National Gerald Day with them to show how much you appreciate their friendship.

  2. Have a special dinner

    If you know a Gerald, why not meet with him for dinner? Invite his family and let them know the importance of this day.

  3. Throw a Gerald Appreciation Party

    Throw a party for all the Geralds you know. Invite all the Geralds in your area through social networks and have a blast celebrating their achievements.

5 Facts About Geralds That You Should Know

  1. The feminine equivalent

    Geraldine is the feminine equivalent name of Gerald.

  2. Gerald, the city

    In Missouri, there is a city named Gerald.

  3. Gerald Durrell and captive animal names

    Durrell’s work and dedication to animal conservation resulted in numerous animals born in captivity being named after him.

  4. Geralds in the U.S.

    Only 213 American babies were called Gerald in 2021.

  5. Gerald variants

    Variations of Gerald include Garold, Gary, Geralt, and more!

Why We Love National Gerald Day

  1. It encourages us to learn about Geralds

    Gerald is an old German name. This is a day to learn about its interesting history and the famous people who share the name.

  2. It’s a great icebreaker

    There’s always a chance that you’ll meet someone named Gerald on this special day. If you do, you already have a terrific way to break the ice and cement your friendship.

  3. It allows us to dig deeper

    On National Gerald Day, we aren’t limited to only looking up the history of Geralds. We can do a deep dive into any name we want! Do a quick search and learn what your name means and where it came from.

National Gerald Day dates

YearDateDay
2023June 17Saturday
2024June 17Monday
2025June 17Tuesday
2026June 17Wednesday
2027June 17Thursday

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