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This interesting and unusual surname is a patronymic of Geary, which is of medieval English origin, from a Germanic personal name. The personal name is derived from "geri, gari", meaning spear, and is a short form of the various compound names with this first element, such as Garbett, with the second element "Berht", meaning bright or famous. The surname Gerrens is also found in Germany, and has the same origin. The modern surname can be found as Geary, Gerr(e)y, Gerrie, Garey and Gar(r)y; while the patronymics include, Gerrens, Gearing, Geering, Ge(h)ring, Gerens and Gerenz.

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