Bertha

First Name
209k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
512
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bertha

"Bertha" is a name of German origin, and it means "Bright". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ber"tha
A kind of collar or cape worn by ladies.

Etymology: F. berthe, fr. Berthe, a woman's name

Wiktionary

From Old High German berhta (“bright one”), which was an epithet of the goddess Frigg.

  1. A female given name.

Bertha was also found in the following language(s): Danish and German

Notable Persons Named Bertha

Bertha von Suttner was a pacifism, novelist, and pacifist. Bertha was born on June 9th, 1843 in Prague. She passed away on June 21st, 1914.

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Billie Dove was an actress. She was most prominent from 1918 to 1932. Billie was given the name Bertha Bohny on May 14th, 1903 in New York City, New York, U.S. Billie is also known as Lillian Bohny. She breathed her last breath on December 31st, 1997.

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Lulu Roman is a christian music musician. She has been prominent since 1969. Lulu was given the name Bertha Louise Hable on May 6th, 1946 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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Bertha Pappenheim was a neu-isenburg orphanage for jewish girls. Bertha was born on February 27th, 1859 in Vienna. Bertha is also known as Anna O.. She died on May 28th, 1936.

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Bertha was born in 1872. She left this life on August 20th, 1951.

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She holds the title Queen consort of Kent, Queen, and Confessor. Bertha was born in 565 in Neustria. She left this life in 601.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bertha

Big Bertha is a comics character.

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Daughter was born in 863. She died in 925.

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They hold the title Queen consort of Kent.

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How popular is the baby name Bertha in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,320 1,320 0 #9 girl name
1881 1,329 1,324 5 #9 girl name
1882 1,516 1,508 8 #9 girl name
1883 1,687 1,681 6 #7 girl name
1884 1,797 1,789 8 #9 girl name
1885 1,873 1,860 13 #8 girl name
1886 2,013 2,001 12 #8 girl name
1887 2,048 2,037 11 #7 girl name
1888 2,463 2,450 13 #7 girl name
1889 2,305 2,293 12 #11 girl name
1890 2,394 2,388 6 #10 girl name
1891 2,380 2,372 8 #10 girl name
1892 2,629 2,617 12 #11 girl name
1893 2,633 2,623 10 #10 girl name
1894 2,510 2,496 14 #14 girl name
1895 2,639 2,626 13 #11 girl name
1896 2,577 2,565 12 #15 girl name
1897 2,511 2,502 9 #13 girl name
1898 2,652 2,642 10 #17 girl name
1899 2,299 2,294 5 #16 girl name
1900 3,041 3,019 22 #16 girl name
1901 2,263 2,257 6 #19 girl name
1902 2,383 2,372 11 #22 girl name
1903 2,319 2,309 10 #22 girl name
1904 2,379 2,363 16 #20 girl name
1905 2,444 2,434 10 #21 girl name
1906 2,312 2,302 10 #25 girl name
1907 2,378 2,363 15 #26 girl name
1908 2,391 2,384 7 #29 girl name
1909 2,453 2,444 9 #29 girl name
1910 2,664 2,651 13 #33 girl name
1911 2,611 2,606 5 #36 girl name
1912 3,306 3,288 18 #36 girl name
1913 3,359 3,345 14 #39 girl name
1914 3,868 3,859 9 #41 girl name
1915 4,797 4,785 12 #46 girl name
1916 4,915 4,900 15 #49 girl name
1917 4,901 4,881 20 #51 girl name
1918 5,065 5,051 14 #51 girl name
1919 4,764 4,754 10 #52 girl name
1920 4,626 4,604 22 #57 girl name
1921 4,624 4,608 16 #59 girl name
1922 4,436 4,419 17 #63 girl name
1923 4,137 4,122 15 #64 girl name
1924 4,145 4,122 23 #65 girl name
1925 3,786 3,772 14 #74 girl name
1926 3,605 3,583 22 #76 girl name
1927 3,404 3,380 24 #80 girl name
1928 3,179 3,161 18 #81 girl name
1929 2,813 2,801 12 #93 girl name
1930 2,624 2,603 21 #95 girl name
1931 2,380 2,364 16
1932 2,499 2,474 25
1933 2,173 2,161 12
1934 2,096 2,080 16
1935 2,088 2,071 17
1936 1,929 1,915 14
1937 1,963 1,950 13
1938 1,833 1,817 16
1939 1,813 1,794 19
1940 1,741 1,730 11
1941 1,738 1,723 15
1942 1,768 1,757 11
1943 1,803 1,790 13
1944 1,636 1,628 8
1945 1,431 1,426 5
1946 1,538 1,532 6
1947 1,609 1,603 6
1948 1,515 1,515 0
1949 1,530 1,521 9
1950 1,403 1,397 6
1951 1,330 1,330 0
1952 1,253 1,248 5
1953 1,183 1,174 9
1954 1,159 1,159 0
1955 1,163 1,153 10
1956 955 949 6
1957 1,015 1,015 0
1958 957 952 5
1959 874 874 0
1960 851 851 0
1961 748 738 10
1962 729 729 0
1963 575 575 0
1964 640 640 0
1965 560 554 6
1966 533 528 5
1967 432 432 0
1968 395 395 0
1969 397 397 0
1970 367 367 0
1971 351 351 0
1972 286 286 0
1973 316 316 0
1974 275 275 0
1975 263 263 0
1976 216 216 0
1977 232 232 0
1978 199 199 0
1979 209 209 0
1980 203 203 0
1981 209 209 0
1982 186 186 0
1983 166 166 0
1984 146 146 0
1985 163 163 0
1986 149 144 5
1987 155 155 0
1988 146 146 0
1989 167 167 0
1990 178 178 0
1991 156 156 0
1992 172 172 0
1993 161 161 0
1994 124 124 0
1995 142 142 0
1996 129 129 0
1997 123 123 0
1998 107 107 0
1999 104 104 0
2000 92 92 0
2001 98 98 0
2002 80 80 0
2003 55 55 0
2004 68 68 0
2005 57 57 0
2006 72 72 0
2007 63 63 0
2008 45 45 0
2009 46 46 0
2010 40 40 0
2011 46 46 0
2012 28 28 0
2013 27 27 0
2014 34 34 0
2015 30 30 0
2016 34 34 0

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Popularity of Bertha as a first name

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Popularity of Bertha as a last name

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Common last names for Bertha

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  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • White
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Robinson

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bertha U.S.
  White 71.68% 64.26%
  African American 18.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bertha

People with the last name Bertha are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bertha

  • How Popular is the name Bertha? Bertha is the 354th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bertha was the 42,378th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bertha have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 208,517 babies born with the first name Bertha in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bertha to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bertha? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,320 new born babies.
  • When was Bertha first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bertha is Tuesday, November 14th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Bertha born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bertha was in 1918 with a total of 5,051 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bertha!
  • Random Bertha Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bertha ranks 74th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 88 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1930.
  • Weird things about the name Bertha: Your name in reverse order is Ahtreb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Thabre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bertha? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 512 people with the last name Bertha.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bertha? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bertha as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.