Gertrude

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177k
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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Gertrude

"Gertrude" is a name of German origin, and it means "Strong Spear". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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From Old French, from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (“spear”) + *þrūþiþō (“strength”) or *trut- (“maiden, dear”) ; name of a Belgian seventh century saint.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Gertrude

Gertrude Stein was a writer. Gertrude was born on February 3rd, 1874 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States. She died on July 27th, 1946.

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Gertrude Bell was a traveller, political officer, and political officer (british empire). Gertrude was given the name Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell by her parents Sir Hugh Bell and 2nd Baronet on July 14th, 1868 in Washington Hall, County Durham, England. She breathed her last breath on July 12th, 1926.

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Ma Rainey was a blues singing. Her career lasted from 1899 to 1933. Ma was given the name Gertrude Pridgett on April 26th, 1886 in Columbus, Georgia, U.S. She left this life on December 22nd, 1939.

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Gertrude Baniszewski is a criminal. Gertrude is also known as Gertrude Wright and Nadine Van Fossan.

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was a sculpture, private collection, sculptor, and art collector. Gertrude was given the name Gertrude Vanderbilt by her parents Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne on January 9th, 1875 in New York City. She passed away on April 18th, 1942.

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Gertrude Lawrence was an actress. She was most prominent from 1916 to 1951. Gertrude was given the name Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen on July 4th, 1898 in London, England. She passed away on September 6th, 1952.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gertrude

Saint Gertrude was a saint. She holds the title Virgin. Saint was born on January 6th, 1256 in Eisleben. She breathed her last breath in 1302.

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Gertrude was royalty. She holds the title Grand Princess consort of Rus'. Her career lasted from 1054 to 1073. She breathed her last breath on January 4th, 1108.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 787 787 0 #25 girl name
1881 791 791 0 #24 girl name
1882 939 939 0 #26 girl name
1883 923 923 0 #25 girl name
1884 1,068 1,063 5 #29 girl name
1885 1,094 1,086 8 #29 girl name
1886 1,256 1,249 7 #27 girl name
1887 1,251 1,251 0 #28 girl name
1888 1,473 1,468 5 #28 girl name
1889 1,550 1,543 7 #28 girl name
1890 1,722 1,713 9 #26 girl name
1891 1,656 1,645 11 #26 girl name
1892 1,931 1,924 7 #23 girl name
1893 1,811 1,811 0 #24 girl name
1894 1,918 1,908 10 #25 girl name
1895 2,141 2,129 12 #24 girl name
1896 2,227 2,221 6 #23 girl name
1897 2,141 2,135 6 #23 girl name
1898 2,316 2,302 14 #24 girl name
1899 2,118 2,111 7 #23 girl name
1900 2,588 2,580 8 #23 girl name
1901 1,969 1,964 5 #27 girl name
1902 2,217 2,207 10 #27 girl name
1903 2,258 2,253 5 #24 girl name
1904 2,275 2,269 6 #25 girl name
1905 2,286 2,276 10 #27 girl name
1906 2,384 2,375 9 #22 girl name
1907 2,509 2,499 10 #24 girl name
1908 2,575 2,562 13 #25 girl name
1909 2,622 2,622 0 #25 girl name
1910 2,940 2,932 8 #26 girl name
1911 2,908 2,895 13 #30 girl name
1912 3,901 3,887 14 #30 girl name
1913 4,028 4,015 13 #33 girl name
1914 4,948 4,937 11 #32 girl name
1915 6,092 6,077 15 #35 girl name
1916 6,259 6,243 16 #35 girl name
1917 6,315 6,300 15 #37 girl name
1918 6,278 6,264 14 #39 girl name
1919 6,031 6,015 16 #39 girl name
1920 5,814 5,797 17 #42 girl name
1921 5,357 5,349 8 #46 girl name
1922 5,095 5,082 13 #48 girl name
1923 4,708 4,699 9 #59 girl name
1924 4,560 4,543 17 #60 girl name
1925 3,901 3,890 11 #70 girl name
1926 3,865 3,853 12 #71 girl name
1927 3,524 3,507 17 #78 girl name
1928 3,024 3,012 12 #86 girl name
1929 2,739 2,725 14 #95 girl name
1930 2,566 2,553 13 #96 girl name
1931 2,105 2,092 13
1932 1,981 1,968 13
1933 1,627 1,620 7
1934 1,588 1,582 6
1935 1,439 1,425 14
1936 1,325 1,316 9
1937 1,326 1,318 8
1938 1,179 1,167 12
1939 1,099 1,093 6
1940 1,012 1,012 0
1941 998 998 0
1942 931 931 0
1943 874 867 7
1944 812 812 0
1945 664 664 0
1946 639 639 0
1947 702 702 0
1948 651 651 0
1949 662 657 5
1950 612 612 0
1951 559 559 0
1952 475 475 0
1953 423 423 0
1954 393 393 0
1955 369 369 0
1956 340 340 0
1957 300 300 0
1958 242 242 0
1959 220 220 0
1960 214 214 0
1961 171 171 0
1962 153 153 0
1963 168 168 0
1964 153 153 0
1965 112 112 0
1966 98 98 0
1967 72 72 0
1968 58 58 0
1969 53 53 0
1970 54 54 0
1971 55 55 0
1972 55 55 0
1973 55 55 0
1974 39 39 0
1975 43 43 0
1976 21 21 0
1977 20 20 0
1978 19 19 0
1979 19 19 0
1980 27 27 0
1981 22 22 0
1982 24 24 0
1983 21 21 0
1984 16 16 0
1985 14 14 0
1986 12 12 0
1987 11 11 0
1988 22 22 0
1989 17 17 0
1990 9 9 0
1991 14 14 0
1992 9 9 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 13 13 0
1995 9 9 0
1996 14 14 0
1997 7 7 0
1998 5 5 0
1999 12 12 0
2000 16 16 0
2001 9 9 0
2002 11 11 0
2003 9 9 0
2004 17 17 0
2005 14 14 0
2006 15 15 0
2007 18 18 0
2008 16 16 0
2009 8 8 0
2010 17 17 0
2011 17 17 0
2012 17 17 0
2013 18 18 0
2014 20 20 0
2015 26 26 0
2016 36 36 0

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Popularity of Gertrude as a first name

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Popularity of Gertrude as a last name

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Common last names for Gertrude

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Fun Facts about the name Gertrude

  • How Popular is the name Gertrude? Gertrude is the 406th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Gertrude have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 177,398 babies born with the first name Gertrude in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gertrude to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gertrude? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 787 new born babies.
  • When was Gertrude first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gertrude is Sunday, January 20th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Gertrude born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gertrude was in 1917 with a total of 6,300 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gertrude!
  • Random Gertrude Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gertrude ranks 94th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 21 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Gertrude: Your name in reverse order is Edurtreg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Trugedre. How do you pronounce that?

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