What does Bertram mean?
Bertram /ber-tram/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced BER-trum. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Bertram is "bright, famous raven".
From an Old French name of German (Frankish) origin. Ravens were traditional symbols of wisdom in German mythology; Odin was regularly accompanied by ravens called Hugin and Munin. This name was adopted by Normans and revived in the Victorian era. Rare since the 1930s. Architect Bertram Goodhue.
How popular is Bertram?
Bertram is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1028 out of 1220, Top 84%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#4096 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Bertram for boys. Bertram reached its apex rank of #447 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Bertram listed in the Top 1000 are Bertrand, Berton, Bertie, Bert and Bart. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4472%) and are now much less widespread, with versions such as Bert, Bart, Bertie, Berton and Bertrand falling out of style. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bertram and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Barthram. This name tends to be less frequently used than Bertram.