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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Spear Maiden

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Gertrude

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

A few facts about the girl's name Gertrude:

  • Records indicate that 175,521 girls in the United States have been named Gertrude since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1917, when 6,296 people in the U.S. were given the name Gertrude. Those people are now 104 years old.

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    Comments about the name Gertrude

    63% Approval Rating
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      12 Positive Comments

  • "This is my name, and I go by Gertie because personally, i can't stand Trudy. I've gone by Gertie for so long a lot of people don't even know my full name. I was named after the movie E.T." Jan. 10, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gertrude but people call me Gerty - though a few of my good friends call me by my full name (I hate when people spell Gerty with an "ie") I also hate when people call me Trudy (sorry but I absolutely hate it) I hated it when I was younger but have grown to like it because its unique and means strength and female warrior which I love because it suits me I think" Dec. 7, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friends name is Gertrude! It's awesome because she's awesome. The name doesn't make the person. The person makes the name. We often call her Gertie or just gert for short Eric" Jan. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Gertrude is a beautiful classical name. I love it!" Jul. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "All you negative people are a riot cause I personally LOVE the name Gertrude. It's quite lovely!!! God bless us all positive or negative!" Jan. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Gertrude. A beautiful, classical name. And I especially like the Dutch "Geertruida" (pronounced G'air-troo-da)" Oct. 31, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name Gertrude:). I would really, really like to name my daughter Gertrude. It has such a lovely, old-fashioned sound that I really like. The -trude part of it is really so vary lovely sounding and dosen't sound at all like 'rude' to me, and Ger- sounds so pretty before it. It is one of my favorites. :)" Jan. 13, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names trudy and its such a unique name and no one else in the school has trudy as there name! I like my name so!" Aug. 7, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a niece named Gertrude Vera Brown (birth name) her birthday is April 10,1984 I'm hoping she may fall upon this site and look me or her birth mother up on facebook... Charlene Mara Frode-Hansen... her mother Malinda Brown :-)" Oct. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Trudy is beautiful. Although it is one of the short forms of "Gertrude", it is also a name in its own right. It means "spear loved maiden." The popularity of names comes and goes ... it is time for this one to make a come back. Very unique and regal!" Aug. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it! It's beautiful and uncommon. Like many of the other older names I can see this one returning. Must be a generational thing to dislike this, I have not met any old women named Gertrude. I can see the younger generation liking this, as it seems "fresh" to us, while also having a really cool meaning and cute nicknames! Love Gertie!" Sep. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I worked with a Trudy and she was very nice looking (hot?). We always wondered if Trudy was her actual name or if it was Gertrude." Aug. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "Uhhm didn't realize we were still in the 18th century here...sorry if this is your name but if I were you I would have people call me trudy so long my fellow gerties" Jul. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "don't name your child this... ever... im begging you ^.^" Oct. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "A very horrible old-fashioned name. It's bad enough having a child called Edith or Florence - or even Arthur, Harold, Leonard, Albert, or Frank which are grandad names, whereas Edith and Florence - and Gertrude - are names associated with old ladies." Jan. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a horrible old lady name like Ethel, Bertha, Beulah, Mildred, Hortense and Irma. Yuk!!!" Oct. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is an old ladies name. After looking at the graph I can see why "Gertrude" conjures up images of someone in their 80s." Sep. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Gertrude is a hideous old lady's name,and you'd have to be a complete nutcase to give it to your child.It's in the same category as Edith,Edna and especially Bertha." Feb. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I honestly am not too fond of the name Gertrude. It is old fashioned, people mispronounce it and spell it wrong. My second cousin is named Gertrude and she hates that name so everybody calls her Trudy." Aug. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "Gertrude is my name. As a young child I was called Gertie. At 13, my new best friend said that I should call myself Trudy and if kids still called me Gertie, "Just don't answer them." So I did and now hardly anyone even knows that my name is Gertrude. I love the name Trudy, and, although it's quite uncommon, I've met several others with that name.. I love having an uncommon name. It makes me feel special and unique." Sep. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "When someone appears on a show and that character makes you happy you automatically associate that name with that character and that make the name the best name in your mind. There are many names out there that people don't like and just because Gertrude is an old one doesn't mean that it is bad luck for a child to have it. I think Gertrude is a beautiful name and if I met a child with that name I would love it. Names to not define children, children define their names. And definantly don't let anyone tell you what not to name your child." Dec. 3, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and i truly hate it so therefore i am known as Trudy and i love it! and im working on it to change to Trudy as time goes on." Aug. 5, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gertrude but I liked to be called Trudy. Didn't like the name Gertrude growing up. My mother had same name called herself Gertie. Didn't like Gertrude either. I asked my mother why I was named Gertrude. She said my father wanted me named after my her. So OK." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like the name gertrude, it is the middle name of my grandma, and auntie *RIP*" Mar. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "According to a recent report, Gertrude has become the most shunned out of all the traditional girls' names in the United Kingdom - ahead of Edna in 2nd place, Ethel in 3rd place, Irene in 4th place, and Elsie in 9th place on the female endangered list. To me, they're all still old ladies' names, and Gertrude, I believe, is probably the worst of them all. Not that many people would be surprised, as I've met several other dislikers of this name (not to mention those others)." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was just thinking about the name for a little girl, nicknamed Gertie, and it suddenly hit me as quite cute and refreshing as a name." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "An ancient royal name, I think, and there was a Queen Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which she was the mother of the hero. Unfortunately, though, this names sounds too ugly, whereas Beatrice - borne by the heroine of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as well as by the Princess Beatrice of today - isn't so bad." Apr. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Known for having two pet forms - Trudy (just plain boring) and Gertie (which like the full form is associated with old ladies)." Feb. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a girl growing up with the name Trudy I was picked on and treated badly because of my name. It seems that Ignorant people never quite grow up. As an adult i have come to love my name. I don't get mistaken for anyone else. People love my name almost as much as I do. It gave me the opportunity to be unique and realize that I am a very special person who sees people for their true worth." Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Come on now. Please don't name your child Gertrude...Trudy either." Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think one of the main reasons why people are not fond of this name is because it carries the morpheme -ewd, which doesn't seem to evoke pleasant meanings in English" Oct. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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