Geraldine: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Geraldine

Geraldine

Pronunciation: jehr-əl-DEEN (key)

Origin of the name Geraldine:

Feminine form of Gerald, derived from the Germanic Gerward, a compound name composed from the elements ger (a spear) and wald (rule): hence, "spear ruler, to rule with a spear."

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Comments and insights on the name Geraldine: | Edit

I think it's great my name is a classic name; but not like Elizabeth or Emma. when I think of the name Geraldine I think old actresses that look wonderful even in black and white. The women that look perfect. Not fake women, made of plastic, but actresses from the 20's through 40's. the name Geraldine hit it's peak in the 30's ranked 39th and I was born in 1990's when it was ranked 832nd. People do pronounce it wrong all the time, but it sets me away from the common names and I love it.

Personal experiences with the name Geraldine: | Edit

My name is Geraldine. Everyone calls me Gera, unless I'm in trouble. I love people's reactions when they learn my name they always say, "Seriously? you're lying. That's not your name." Then they are just amazed that someone would name their child that. I even had a lady ask me if my parents hated me because of that name.

Nicknames for Geraldine: | Edit

Geri
Gera
Dinee
G.D.
G-Dine
GeGe

Meanings and history of the name Geraldine: | Edit

In Irish history, a member of the Fitzgerald clan was known as a "Geraldine".

Famous real-life people named Geraldine: | Edit

Geraldine Ferraro, United States congresswoman and 1984 Vice Presidential candidate
Geraldine Chaplin, actress
Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress
Geraldine Page, actress
Geraldine McEwan, actress
Geraldine James, actress
Geraldine Somerville, actress
Geri Halliwell, pop star
Geraldine Farrar, opera soprano
Geraldine Plunkett, Irish actress
Geraldine Kennedy, Irish journalist, politician & first female editor of The Irish Times Newspaper.
Geraldine Parsons, Irish academic
Geraldine Bazan, actress
Geraldine McCaughrean, author
Geraldine Brooks, author
Geraldine Harris, author
Geraldine James, author
Geraldine Lievesley, author
Geraldine A. Johnson, author
Geraldine Woods, author
Geraldine Mesenas, author

Geraldine in song, story & screen: | Edit

Geraldine (song), by Glasvegas
Geraldine (McQueen), a fictional singer, played by Peter Kay
Geraldine, an opera by Michael William Balfe
Elizabeth FitzGerald, Countess of Lincoln (1527-1589), called 'Faire Geraldine" in the poetry of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Geraldine series such as Geraldine First and Merry Christmas Geraldine, children books by Holly Keller
My Darling Geraldine, book by Jane Carrick
The Flip Wilson had a popular character named Geraldine
Geraldine Jones was guest starring character on the popular '90s tv teen show Sister, Sister
Geraldine was a character on the UPN/CW Network show One on One
Geraldine is mentioned in the Schoolhouse Rock song "Interjections!" Though Geraldine played hard to get uh huh huh

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