What does Gertrude mean?
Gertrude /ger-tru-de/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced GER-trood. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Gertrude is "strong spear".
From gâr, gêr "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.
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.Kreatif forms: Gertrule. [more]
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Gertrude for girls. Gertrude reached its peak position of #22 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Gerda, Gertie, Trudie and Trudy are the prominent alternative forms of Gertrude rated in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.392%) and are now significantly less widespread, with the forms Gerda, Gertie, Gertrude and Trudy becoming less stylish. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Gertrude and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)