|Meaning:||son of Gerald|
|Related Names:||Fitz, Fitzy, Fritz|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Fitzgerald is one of the many first or middle names that was originally a surname. Like many surnames threatened with extinction within family trees and histories (mostly through marriage on the women’s sides of the families), it was adapted for first name use in order to keep it visible. As a surname, Fitzgerald’s origins are almost exclusively British and French and possibly trace back to French Norman conquest/English times. There is evidence is was also present in Ireland with roots beyond the isle of Britain to German (Teutonic) areas. Interestingly, all four origins (English, French, Irish, German) translate into the same definition: son of Gerald. This naming style was common and transferred beyond any one Gerald or any one son. In other words, being a Fitzgerald could mean literally being the son of someone named Gerald or being the son’s son or any line of grandsons from that Gerald. Further, there was not necessarily any one noteworthy or famous Gerald. It could be used like “Jr.” or “III” is today to identify the ancestors of someone with the same name. 
According to the Social Security Administration, the first name Fitzgerald has only ranked in the top 1000 most popular names in the United State two times since 1880 (the first year Social Security records for name rankings are available): in 1965 it ranked 969th and in 1964 it ranked 692nd.
Fitzgerald is a common surname in the United States. According to WhitePages.com, it ranks as the 369th most common surname.
- Minnesota Public Radio runs the Fitzgerald Theater "Built in 1910 as a Shubert theater, the Fitzgerald Theater is Saint Paul's oldest surviving theater space."
- Fitzgerald's is the name of a casino and hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Fitzgerald, Georgia's roots began in the early 1890s in Indianapolis, Indiana when P.H. Fitzgerald, a newspaper editor and veterans' pension attorney "envisioned a Southern colony for aging Union soldiers victimized by the bitter winters and oppressive and unrelenting droughts. Through editorials in his newspaper, Mr. Fitzgerald detailed his desire to veterans." He eventually petitioned then Governor William J. Northern of Georgia (who was himself a Confederate veteran) to help identify a possible site. "Mr. Fitzgerald soon organized the American Tribune Soldiers' Colony Company, selling sufficient stock throughout the Union to enable a 50,000-acre purchase (later doubled) of virgin pine forest in the heart of south Georgia."
- Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (surname) (1896 – 1940) was a successful writer who helped coin and define the 1920s in the United States as "The Jazz Age." He and his wife Zelda (nee Sayre) (1900–1948)were two of the young and successful literary creative forces in America then and his books such at The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night and This Side of Paradise. He and his creative colleagues such as Ernest Hemingway were part of what was called the "Lost Generation" -- those who were born in the last part of the 19th Century and who came into adulthood during World War I. 
Author: Mike Szimanski
|Meaning||son of Gerald +|
|Meaningnc||son of gerald +|
|Origin||English +, French +, Irish +, and German +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Fitz +, Fitzy +, and Fritz +|