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What does Gertrude mean?

Gertrude Pronunciation of Gertrude [gertrude] as a girls' name is pronounced GER-trood. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Gertrude is "strong spear". From gr, gr "spear", and thruth "strength". Saint Gertrude of Nivelles was a seventh-century saint. Also the name of a 13th-century mystic called Gertrude the Great. Writer Gertrude Stein; actress Gertrude Lawrence.

Associated with: spear (warrior), saint, great.


Gertrude has 24 variants: Geertje, Geertruida, Geltruda, Geltrude, Geltrudis, Gerda, Gert, Gerta, Gerte, Gertie, Gertina, Gertraud, Gertrud, Gertruda, Gertrudes, Gertrudis, Gerty, Traudl, Tru, Trude, Trudi, Trudie, Trudy and Truus.

Creative forms:
(female) Gertrudey, Gertrule, ..

(male) Gertrudon, Gertrury, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gertrude Kingsley (G.K.), ..

How popular is Gertrude?

Gertrude is a very prominent first name for females (#207 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Gertrude reached its peak position of #24 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not listed currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gertrude name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Gerda, Gertie, Tru, Trudi, Trudie and Trudy are the prominent alternative forms of Gertrude rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Gertrude were favored by parents a century ago (average #1152), but now, forms such as Trudy have become less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gertrude, Gerda, Gertie, Tru, Trudi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Trudie, Trudy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Astride, Berthilde, Bertilde, Bertrade, Bertrice, Emeraude, Fernande, Garlande, Geerda (see Gerda), Georgie, Geradine, Geralda, Gerarda, Gerarde, Gerardine, Gerardyne, Gerde, Gerdene (see Geraldine), Gerdine, Gerianne, Gerie, Germaine, Germane (see Germaine), Germayne, Gerri, Gerrica, Gerrie, Gerry, Mercede, Serhilde and Verde. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gertrude.

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