Gertrude (given name)

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Pronunciation /ˈɡɜːrtrud/
Gender Female
Word/name Germanic
Meaning derived from words meaning "spear" and "strength"
Other names
Related names Gertrud, Gertraud Geertruida, Geltrude, Gertrudis, Kerttu

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]


See Gertrude, for a list of medieval people with the name

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