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PronouncedPron.BER-ta German
BUR-thə English

Meaning & History

Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous". It was borne by the mother of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and it was popularized in England by the Normans. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. The name also appears in southern Germanic legends (often spelled Perchta or Berchta) belonging to a goddess of animals and weaving.
VariantsBerta German Berhta Ancient Germanic
Masculine FormBertilo Ancient Germanic
Other Languages & CulturesBerta Catalan Berta Czech Berthe, Bertille French Berta Hungarian Berta Italian Berta Polish Berta Slovene Berta Spanish
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Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 281


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute