Meaning and Name Origin
Bertha \b(e)-rtha, ber-tha\ as a girls' name is pronounced BER-thah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Bertha is "bright, famous". Latin version of a Continental German name. The name of two French saints (eighth and ninth century). Also related to the name of a Teutonic goddess. The name probably existed in England before the Conquest, and was reinforced by Norman use, but fell out of use in the 15th century. It was reintroduced into the English-speaking world by Germany in the 19th century. A German cannon used in World War I was nicknamed "Big Bertha" after Bertha Krupp, daughter of the family that manufactured the weapon.
Bertha is a very popular first name for females (#156 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#27992 out of 88799, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Bertha for girls. Bertha reached its peak position of #8 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Bertha and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Bertha are Berta, Bertie, Bird, Birdie and Birtha. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 and is now much less, with the forms Berta, Bertha, Bertie and Birdie becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)