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What does Bertha mean?

Bertha Pronunciation of Bertha as a girls' 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH bright (light), saints, goddess, england, conquest (victory), 19th century, war (battle)


VARIANTS Berrta, Berrte, Berrti, Berrtina, Berrty, Berta, Berte, Berthe, Berti, Bertie, Bertina, Bertine, Bertita, Bertuska, Berty, Bird, Birdie, Birdy, Birta, Birtha, Laberta

SEE ALSO Bartha, Bertrice



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How popular is Bertha?

Bertha is a very popular first name for females (#156 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#37728 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Bertha reached its peak position of #8 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Bertha are Berta, Bertie, Bertina, Bird, Birdie (#1328 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) and Birtha. Usage of these forms of Bertha reached its most widespread in the 1880s (AVERAGE #654) and is now much less, with forms such as Birdie becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bertha, Berta, Bertie, Bertina, Bird in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Birdie, Birtha in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Artha, Barta, Beata, Bera, Beracha, Berbya (see Barbara), Berdie, Beret, Berett, Berit, Berna, Berrit, Bert, Berucha, Berura, Beta, Beth, Betha, Bethan, Bethea, Bethia, Bethy, Betia, Betta, Birte, Breda, Bretta, Brita, Britta, Dortha, Eartha, Ertha, Gerta, Herta, Hertha, Keitha, Leitha, Letha, Martha, Meertha, Mirtha, Reatha, Retha, Tersha, Tertia and Ubertha. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bertha.

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