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Geri is a shortened form of Geraldine and a feminine form of Gerald that was popular throughout the mid-20th century. While you don't hear it much anymore, a member of a certain pop group may have inspired some new parents to use the name over the last couple of decades. Geri has a tomboy feel, but the “i” ending is cute and gives it some femininity. We like the way Geri sounds with one-syllable middle names.

Meaning of the name Geri:

French: Spear ruler

Origin of the name Geri:

Geri is a shortened form of Geraldine, as well as a feminine form of the masculine Gerald. It's also a popular alternative spelling of Gerry or Jerry. The name has French and Old German origins, and it's thought to mean “spear ruler.”

Symbolism of the name Geri:

Because of its meaning, new parents may find Geri a name symbolic of someone who is brave, strong, and a warrior. It may also be a tribute to pop culture. For example, new parents may choose the name because they were inspired by Spice Girls group member Geri Halliwell.

Style of the name Geri:


Gender of the name Geri:

Geri is a unisex baby name, though it's most common for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Geri:


Number of syllables in the name Geri:


Emotion evoked from the name Geri:

The baby name Geri evokes images of someone who likes to work hard but has fun as much as possible.

Alternative spellings for the name Geri:

Nicknames for the name Geri:

  • Ger
  • Ree

Popularity of the name Geri:

According to the Social Security Administration, Geri was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States between 1941 and 1972. It was most popular in 1958 when it ranked at number 500. It last ranked at number 947 in 1972.

Related names for the name Geri:

  • Geraldine
  • Geralyn
  • Cheri
  • Tori
  • Lori

Great middle names for Geri and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Geri:

  • Geri Halliwell (singer and member of the group Spice Girls)
  • Geri Hall (actress and comedian)
  • Geri Jewell (actress)
  • Geri M. Joseph (journalist and ambassador)
  • Geri Reischl (actress and singer)

Geri in popular culture:

  • Gerifrom the Disney/Pixar movies “Geri's Game” and “Toy Story 2”)
  • Geri Evans (character on the soap opera “Family Affairs”)
  • Geri Hudson (character on the soap opera “Hollyoaks”)
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