Popularity:2951
Origin:German
Meaning:spear ruler
Geraldine is a girl’s name of German origin. As the feminine form of “Gerald,” this name means “spear ruler.” Armed with a legacy, too, it’s believed to have evolved in the 16th century after poet Henry Howard wrote a sonnet in honor of Irish-born Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald. He referred to her and the family clan as “The Geraldine.” Although it was most fashionable during the early 20th century, this name is regaining its earlier popularity. If you want to call baby after a spear-bearing warrior or plan to encourage them to be a battle-hardened lady of a different sort, Geraldine is a worthy contender.

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