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Meaning and name origin

Bertha \b(e)-rtha, ber-tha\ as a girl's 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 has 21 variant forms: Berrta, Berrte, Berrti, Berrtina, Berrty, Berta, Berte, Berthe, Berti, Bertie, Bertina, Bertine, Bertita, Bertuska, Berty, Bird, Birdie, Birdy, Birta, Birtha and Laberta.

For more information, see also related girl names Bartha and Bertrice.


Bertha is a very popular first name for females (#156 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#27992 out of 88799, Top 32%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bertha for girls. Bertha reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bertha name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bertha outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Bertha and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Birdie, Birtha, Bird, Bertie, Bertha and Berta. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Berta, Bertha, Bertie, Bird, Birdie, Birtha in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bertha and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Barta, Bert, Betha and Hertha. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bertha.