Gertrude (given name)

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Gertrude
Pronunciation/ˈɡɜːrtrd/
GenderFemale
Origin
Word/nameGermanic
Meaningderived from words meaning "spear" and "strength"
Other names
Related namesGertrud, Gjertrud, Gertraud, Geertruida, Geltrude, Gertrudis, Kerttu, Gertruda, Geirþrúður

Gertrude (also spelled Gertrud) is a female given name which is derived from Germanic roots that meant "spear" and "strength". "Trudy", originally a diminutive of "Gertrude," has developed into a name in its own right.

In German-speaking countries, Gertraud (pronounced Ger-trowd) is a familiar variation of the name.

"Gartred" is a rare variation (attested in Daphne du Maurier's novel The King's General, set in 17th Century Cornwall.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Reviews: The King's General". dumaurier.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23.
  2. ^ "The King's General". MacKay House.