Bertha Name Meaning & Origin

Bertha

Pronunciation: BER-thə (key)

Origin of the name Bertha:

Originally a short form of various Old German compound names containing the element beraht (bright, famous).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Berta, Bertie

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Reminds me of an old, fat, hideous lady. No offense if your name is Bertha though

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My grandmother's name was Bertha (born in the 1800's when the name was popular) and she was tall and very thin. Not big and fat as people expect people with that name to be. When I knew her she was old, but from pictures I've seen of her when she was young, she was quite pretty.

My dad had a cousin who lived to be 90. She invited me to her house to meet her 2 sisters-in-law, Bertha and May. One of them was heavy, the other thin, and when I met them, I expected the heavy one to be Bertha, but no, Bertha was the thin one! Later I talked about it to my cousin, who was in her 80's then, and she said when she was young there was nothing wrong with the name Bertha, the name got ruined during World War II when they started calling army tanks "Big Berthas". So many names get ruined over the years by some product, some celebrity (i.e. Britney Spears), and then they are never used again.

The name Mabel got ruined by the beer commercial, "Mabel! Black Label!"

Myrtle was another name that got ruined, by movies that featured silly telephone operators named Myrt.

I knew a girl in school who was very snotty and sarcastic. If somebody asked her what her name was and she wanted to be snotty, she would say "Myrtle Mergatroid", what's yours?"

There was a girl in my school who had big boobs and she was called "Bertha Boobs"

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Bertie, Beth, Betty, Birdy

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Bertha, song by The Grateful Dead

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