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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Bertha

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Bertha in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Bertha:

  • Records indicate that 204,593 girls in the United States have been named Bertha since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 5,051 people in the U.S. were given the name Bertha. Those people are now 102 years old.

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    Comments about the name Bertha

    43% Approval Rating
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      3 Positive Comments

  • "Since I grew up with the name (Berta not Bertha), I got to admit that it is definitely unusual for a child to carry such an "old" name. Of course it bothered me as a child that I did not have a "cool" first name. Nevertheless, I never got any bad feedback for it. Now, being an adult, I would not wish for any other name. Professionally the name has only helped me because it is old enough to be unusual and as such memorable, but still common enough to have been heard before. In addition, considering that most higher level managers in most fields are a little more seasoned in age, it helps to carry an older name they can better relate to. Bottom line, if you're fine with your child blaming you for having received such an "old" name during her youth, you can rest assured she will thank you for it later on! :)" Apr. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Everyone thinks that Bertha is always this big Amazonian woman. I dated a Latina named Bertha and she was incredible...very petite and very sexy. So much for the "Big Bertha" stereotype!" Aug. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this was my auntie's name, i would like to use it some how :(" Aug. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "The name goes hand-in-hand with "big" as in "Big Bertha". The nickname is still used for things that aren't just big, but awesomely huge such as the "Big Bertha" tunnel building machine." Dec. 23, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "To me, Bertha just conjures up a huge fat woman with a hundred health problems caused by being obese, who does nothing but eat" Nov. 25, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "IT makes me wanna BARF! put ma hands up and BARF! WOO OOH HOO OOH" Jul. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bertha is a hideous old lady name and it is the worst name ever next to Gertrude.In 2 words:Great gran." Apr. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      10 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Bertha after my grandma I am 65 and my whole life I have had abuse about my name and noticed no one ever writes anything nice about a Bertha. I have had many people including my family saying they will not call me by it. I think it?s so wrong to judge a person by their name" Aug. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVEEEEEEEEE The name Gertrude, I think that it is a great and cute name. I would like to name a purple sheep Gertrude!!" Feb. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 71 and have the name Bertha. I hate it still. In fact I am in the process of changing it. I'm embarrassed every time I have to give my name." Jul. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Whenever i hear this name it makes think of a big fat women who just sits in tha house eating potatoe chips. LOL HA HA HA HA HA" Sep. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not only does it conjure up images of overweight middle-aged women, this is the namesake of Mrs. Rochester, the psychotic woman from "Jane Eyre". It is so guttural and unfemnine, much like Gertrude. Those two tie for the worst traditional name... although 'Eunice' is a close runner-up." Jul. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • ""Big Bertha" is both an offensive term for an unattractive or overweight woman and the name of the World War I gun named after Frau Krupp of Essen in Germany. Though it was one of the top 10 girls' names in the U.S. in the 1880s, the "Big Bertha" associations caused its downfall in the years or decades following World War I's end, and I don't think this name is ever likely to revive at all. It's just so hideous, this name is, and it does conjure up large, matriarchal women of a certain era." May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bertha....brings images of BIG BURTHA. Not a good thing to name any modern child" Nov. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother was born in 1905 as Bertha Frances, but during WWI, the Germans used a big missile that was nicknamed "Big Bertha". She would have been about 12 when the US entered the war in 1917. No wonder everyone then referred to her as Frances, a name she kept for her entire life." Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Bertha and people call me biggie. =]" Jul. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "In my family if you ever use the name Bertha around my grandma she will never cook for you again. This is not a good thing. She will even chase you around the house if you call her by her given name. I won't even tell people that her real name is Bertha." Feb. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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