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What does Bertram mean?

Bertram Pronunciation of Bertram [bertram] 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.

Associated with: bright, famous, old, wisdom, mythology, victorian (medieval).


Bertram has 13 variants: Bart, Bartram, Beltran, Beltrano, Bert, Bertie, Berton, Bertran, Bertrand, Bertrando, Bertranno, Bertrem and Bertrum.

Creative forms:
(male) Birtram, Burtram, ..


Middle name pairings:
Bertram Ethan (B.E.), ..

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. Demographics)

Bertram reached its apex rank of #427 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Bertram listed in the Top 2000 are Bertrand, Berton, Bertie, Bert and Bart. These forms of Bertram were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (median #555).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bertram, Bart, Bert, Bertie, Berton, Bertrand in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arram, Baram, Barnham (see Barnum), Barra, Barrak, Barrat, Barthram (see Bartram), Beckham, Beecham, Bernal, Berry, Bertel, Bertell (see Berthold), Bertil, Bertin, Bertle, Berto, Bertol (see Berthold), Bertold (see Berthold), Bertoll (see Berthold), Bertolt, Berty, Bram, Byram, Fernham (see Farnham), Gersham and Wortham. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bertram.

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