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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Gerard is a masculine forename of Proto-Germanic origin, with variations found in many Germanic and Romance languages. The name is derived from the Old German element "ger," meaning "spear," combined with "hart," meaning "hard, firm, brave, hardy". It was introduced to the English language following the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. The name Gerard has its roots in ancient Germanic elements, specifically "gēr," meaning "spear" or "lance," and "hard," meaning "hardy," "brave," or "strong". This combination results in a name that signifies "brave spear" or "spear-hard". Gerard has inspired variations across Europe, including Gaelic, French, and Italian tongues, and has been borne by saints from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, and Italy.

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