Gender: Female Meaning of Bertha: "bright, glorious" Origin of Bertha: German

Bertha Origin and Meaning

The name Bertha is a girl's name of German origin meaning "bright, glorious".

Ever since the enormous German cannon was dubbed by Allied soldiers "Big Bertha" in World War I, this name hasn't worked for a sweet little baby girl. But this was not always so. Hard as it might be to imagine now, Bertha was a Top 100 name until the 1930s, and in the 1880s was the seventh most popular name in the land--the equal of Joseph.

Bertha, aka Berchta, was a Teurtonic goddess borrowed from Norse mythology, regarded in her earliest incarnations as a beautiful and benevolent spirit. Bertha is an ancient Germanic name attached to the 6th century Saint Bertha of Kent, who was instrumental in the spread of Christianity, and it was the name of both the mother and daughter of Charlemagne.

In literature, Bertha Mason is the first wife of Rochester in Jane Eyre, and a character in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. The French version Berthe is represented by the French Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot. All in all, though, modern parents might do better to consider the Polish version, Berta.

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Bertha's International Variations

Bertina, Berrty, Berrta, Berti, Berrti, Bertilde, Bettina (German) Berta (Polish) Berte (Norwegian) Berthe, Bertille (French) Birdie, Bertie, Berit, Bird, Birta (Swedish)


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Hortense, Griselde?

skyladder Says:


My real name is Bertina, Bertie or Berty (I really don't care) for short. People would always say something like "oh, Bertha is such an ugly name, Bertina is much prettier", but like ughhhh. I decided to like Bertha just out of spite, but after all this years I think it really is a nice name, even if it's not my type. I would love to see it's revival in twenty years or so

Renee5322 Says:


I could honestly see Gertrude coming back before this does. I just can't help but think of "birth" when I hear it.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I dont particularly care for this name. Not because of the "Big Bertha" connotations, I just dont like the "birth" part.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


Never have been a fan of Bertha, when I was a young child, I thought it was a word that related to child-birth! Each to their own, of course.

zmakqp Says:


I prefer Mirtha, it sounds pretty, mysterious, and elegant.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't like this name, but I don't think it's the worst name out there. Was it the name of the insane first wife in "Jane Eyre"? I seem to remember that it was, but not entirely sure. Guess that would be a possible factor in people disliking the name in general. The sound isn't great, but it's not exactly Gertrude. Now, *that* is awful, in my opinion. As to the character in Charlotte Bronte's novel, she got a pretty bad deal, tbh. Jane was sweet, but didn't anyone feel sorry for the first Mrs. Rochester, being hidden in the attic for years and left to rot, basically because she had an illness?

Daiseymae Says:


Still hideous. We named our trash dumpster Big Bertha!!!!!!!

beachbear Says:


Wasn't Bertha one of the Butt Sisters?

EvaThyssen Says:


Bertha is way better than those weirdly spelled or invented names of today, like Lakynn or Khandalyce or Madisyn or Madalyn or Kaelyn or Rayleigh... at least Bertha is authentic and she has a lot of history and namesakes.

EvaThyssen Says:


That was like a century ago, get over it!

Liberty Bell Says:


This was my grandmother's name. I actually think it would sound quite spunky on a little girl.

ameliejane123 Says:


I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks so!

ameliejane123 Says:


I would love to meet a young Bertha.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Come on now! Bertha isn't THAT bad.

Daiseymae Says:


The nickname of "Big Bertha" killed this name for many.

DearestJules Says:


Bertha was a character played by Jennette McCurdy in Fred: The Movie on Nickelodeon. I think she's part of the reason why I like this name so much. The Bertha in the movie wasn't fat and ugly like the name might connote; she was a bit off-beat from everyone else, but she was all right. I liked her. It just goes to show that Bertha could work (on a character, at least).

DearestJules Says:


Is it possible for a name to be so out that it's in? If so, then Bertha might just work! Consider the cute nickname Birdie (Bertie).

Catastroffy Says:


I actually think this name is quite pretty, but chacun son gout, I suppose.

Daiseymae Says:


The ugliest name ever known to mankind.