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Gender: Female Meaning of Gertrude: "strength of a spear" Origin of Gertrude: German

The name Gertrude is a girl's name of German origin meaning "strength of a spear". Gertrude and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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It's tempting to dismiss Gertrude as a name on its way through the door marked Out Forever, except that its long and honorable pedigree--as a goddess in Norse mythology, as the gentle and mystical Saint Gertrude the Great, and another St. Gertrude who is the patron of cats, and its use by Shakespeare for Hamlet's (not exactly exemplary) mother--earns it a place on the permanent roster. It has also been borne by such varied figures as writer Gertrude Stein, swimming champ Gertrude Ederle, British stage star Gertrude Lawrence, and arts patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

The pinnacle of fashion a century ago, Gertrude reached as high as Number 23 in 1900, but dropped off the list completely in 1966.

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Famous People Named Gertrude

Saint Gertrude the Great, German Benedictine mystic and theologian
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, Belgian abbess
Gertrude of Hohenburg, Queen consort of Rudolph I of Germany
Gertrude of Merania, Queen consort of Andrew II of Hungary
Gertrude of Bavaria and Saxony, Queen consort of Canute VI of Denmark
Gertrude Stein, American novelist
Gertrude Chandler Warner, American children's novelist
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, American novelist
Gertrude Jekyll, English garden designer
Gertrude Bambrick, American silent film actress
Gertrude Berg (born Tillie Edelstein), American actress
Gertrude Belle Elion, American biochemist and Nobel Prize winner
Gertrude Lawrence (born Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen), English actress and singer
Gertrude Mabel Barrows Bennett, American novelist
Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, English writer and spy
Gertrude Caroline Ederle, American Olympic swimmer
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor and art patron
Gertrude Modora Bryan, American actress
Gertrude Astor, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Gertrude

Gertrude, Hamlet's mother in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
Gertrude "Gigi" Hollingsworth, character in TV's "Wizards of Waverly Place"
Gertrude Lescot, character in "Sims" series
"Gertrude McFuzz," Dr. Seuss book
Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes aka Arsenic, character in Marvel's Runaway comics
Gertrude Von Harp, character in G. A. Henty's, By Pike and Dyke
Candace Gertrude Flynn, character in "Phineas and Ferb"
Gertrude "Mama Gertrude" Acachalla, A character from the YouTube channel VenturianTale
Gertrude Trinke, character in the film Jersey Girl
Gertrude "Trudy" Hardy, Fenton Hardy's sister and The Hardy Boys' aunt from "The Hardy Boys" series

Trudy, Gertina, Gertie, Trudi, Gerte, Gert, Gertrudis, Gehtrudis, Gerda, Gerti, Gertey, Gerta, Trudie, Trude, Gehtruda, Traudl, Gerty

Gertrude's International Variations

Geerta (Dutch) Gertraud, Gertrud, Gertruda (German)