Gerard: as you know it is used as a given name. However, I believe that its use as a surname was in fact an uncounsious error. I have found a marriage record for only one Gerard in 1724 in Quebec (Drouin). No descendant. Could have been an error.
Guerard: From the Red Drouin, I have a marriage of a Guerard as early as 1667 for Martin Guerard dit Gratte, dit Lard, from Normandy. Other dit names (aka) for Guerard include: Le Grapt, Larole, Gratte, Lard.
Girard: Some Girard may have been written as Gerard in English-speakings milieus at times, but not generally. Girard, on the other hand, has also become: Girardin and maybe Girardeau and Girardet.
Hoping that this has clarified the situation somewhat.
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