The name Gerald ranked 416th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 58th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name makes a strong showing in state popularity data of the 1960s, but makes few (if any) appearances on lists compiled after that period.
Other possible interpretations of the source term include ''expert spearman,'' ''spear of the ruler,'' and the equivalent of the contemporary expression ''straight shooter.''
Gerald R. Ford (born 1913, died 2006)
Became the 38th President of the U.S. upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.