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Saint Bertha was a 7th-century abbess in Blangy, France. Her feast is July 4.
alberto  9/8/2005
When I hear the name Bertha, an overweight, unattractive woman immediately comes to mind.
puresimplicity  1/6/2006
Bertha is a hideous old lady's name, and you'd have to be smoking weed to give it to your child.
Dogsy  1/7/2006
In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Bertha Jorkins is a secondary character.
Ramariel  1/20/2006
Bertha is Edward Rochester's first wife in "Jane Eyre". She has gone mad and Mr. Rochester keeps her locked up in the top of their house. She is insanely jealous of Jane once she finds out that Jane is marrying Mr. Rochester. An interesting character.
eponine_pontmercy  1/30/2006
Bertha of the Big Foot was Charlemagne's mother.
Kosta  5/18/2006
The German pronunciation is BEHR-tah, and rather beautiful. It's a shame this pronunciation didn't carry over into English, and we are instead left with a name that appears to be universally loathed.
[pronunciation noted -ed]
Camilla  7/31/2006
Bertha was one of the maids in Gosford Park. Hmmm, I don't really like this name.
bellaboo  10/5/2006
I agree, when I hear the name Bertha, an overweight old red-ringleted woman comes into my mind, it probably didn't help that this is what Bertha looks like in Gosford Park.
bellaboo  10/5/2006
Why does Bertha sound so awful? Because we aren't pronouncing it correctly, that's why! "BER-ta" sounds much better than "BUR-tha", doesn't it? Why do English speakers slur their vowels?
gaelruadh19  1/17/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Bertha here:
_satu_  2/13/2007
This was my great-grandmother's middle name. I'm glad they decided not to make it my middle name (I'm named for her). The German pronunciation is pretty though and since that is the language her family spoke at home when she was growing up I guess it wouldn't have been so bad.
YMPvt  3/4/2007
Bertha Pappenheim was the real name of Anna O., hysterical patient of famous psychoanalyst Josef Breuer. She's also Doctor Breuer's obsession in the book "When Nietzsche Wept", by Irvin D. Yalom.
ladysinger  4/11/2007
A famous bearer of this name was the late female wrestler Bertha Faye.
maidmideon  5/12/2007
'Big Bertha' is both the slang term for a fat woman and the name of the Howitzer gun, used in the First World War - hence the name's unpopularity in recent decades. The gun itself was named after Bertha Krupp (1886-1957), whose family were arms manufacturers based in Essen, Germany.  6/19/2007
I honestly have never realy liked the name Bertha. This is as there once was a game you could play at the seaside called Big Bertha. While fun, this ruined the name for me.
Luangi  6/23/2007
Am I the only one who actually likes this name? I think it's rather cute.
Skittsie13  12/11/2007
No matter how you pronounce it, this name is ugly, old-fashioned, and has connotations to fat women.
slight night shiver  4/20/2008
I'm sorry but this has to be one of the ugliest names I have ever heard.
svit-kona  6/7/2008
It's ugly, old-fashioned, and sounds like "birth a".
bananarama  9/19/2008
Hehe, I'm sorry to those who are named Bertha, but I seriously dislike this name. This gives me a mental image of an overweight woman who smokes and gives you a toothy grin. But hey, if I had a choice between Bertha and Placenta, which one do you think I'd choose? Both equally bad, but my gosh the latter is just awful and yes there is a girl named that!
_0TophasNails_1  11/19/2008
I can't picture this name on a little girl, but I have nothing against this name, anyway. I like the sound of it. =)
CanadianChibi  11/20/2008
It looks very beautiful, the German pronunciation is beautiful as well, but the English pronunciation is awful. If I were to use this, which I might, I'd definitely use the German pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2009
I do not like this name at all, neither pronunciation - German or English - sounds pretty to me. My mother always said this was a name for a cow. I think it conjures up an image of an old, overweight woman with curled hair who devotes her life to baking. Not the best image.
emmiix3  1/21/2009
In L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series, Anne's mother, who died when Anne was an infant, was named Bertha, and Anne considers it "a lovely name" for this reason. She eventually gives it to her youngest daughter, Bertha Marilla.
elizabeth hamlet  6/22/2009
I find this name to be a very ugly name, sorry! I think of fat women as a lot of people say.
CharlieRob  8/5/2009
What is it that makes people think of fat women when they hear this name because I completely agree. Just hideous!
― Anonymous User  11/11/2009
There is nothing anyone could possible say to make this name sound attractive.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2010
Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was an Austrian novelist, peace activist, and the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Polly Names  2/6/2010
My late mother, who would be in her 90's, was named Bertha, as were at least 4 of her friends, and to a woman, they loathed it. But names have fashions, and though "Bertha" sounds fat, old, butch and nasty to our ears, in France Berthe.
Arlo  2/24/2010
I love the German pronunciation of this name, but in America it just sounds awful! It's so sad that the English language butchers the name Bertha like it does. But in Germany, es ist toll. ;)
Hannah_E  6/22/2010
Am I the only one that doesn't think this name is that bad, but just really old-fashioned? I mean, sure you'd definitely have to be on something to think that "oh this child looks like a Bertha" but honestly, it's just a name, and a really old-fashioned one at that!
Chrila96  9/27/2010
I'm not a huge fan of this name, but I don't hate it either. How about the pronunciation "Bare-tha?"
Liesl  10/8/2010
I have actually begun to like this since my first comment, but only with the German pronunciation. In English, it still sounds old ladyish and ugly.
bananarama  11/2/2010
Bertha has a great meaning but that's about it really. The pronunciation is really dreadful.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
Prettiest name ever.
LittleSamGirl  8/19/2011
This is one of my all-time favorite girl names, and I was fully 18 before I realized that the general perception of it is very negative. My own perception of it was shaped by two sources: L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, and Barbara Willard's Son of Charlemagne.
-In Anne of Green Gables it is the name of Anne Shirley's mother and she refers to it as a lovely name.
-In Anne of the Island, Bertha Shirley is described as having speaking eyes and writing letters that embodied her charming personality.
-In Rilla of Ingleside, Anne's youngest, Bertha Marilla considers her first name to be beautiful and dignified.
-In the children's book Son of Charlemagne, Bertha is the name of one of Charlemagne's daughters. She is the lovely, sweet, vivacious and adorable one who risks angering her father to marry the man she loves.
Growing up with these positive images of the name, I developed a mental picture of a tall, reed-slim, elegant girl with big, luminous eyes and a Mona Lisa smile.
Even the sound of it is beautiful I think, in either pronunciation, gentle, without any sharp edges. The English pronunciation is like a soft, low sigh, and the German one is just so musical!
I would use this as a middle name for my daughter, so that she doesn't have to suffer from the generally negative view of this name.
CNicole  3/7/2012
I can never hear this name without imagining the word 'Big' before it. I attribute this to Mario Bros.
Big Bertha. Not a fan.
Azraelfinalstar  4/8/2012
Bertha was also one of Charlemagne's daughters, named after her grandmother.
CarolinW  6/11/2012
Bertha (830-852) was the daughter of Lothair I and his wife Ermengarde of Tours.
CarolinW  6/11/2012
Bertha was the youngest daughter of Berengar I, Holy Roman Emperor and his wife Bertila.
CarolinW  6/11/2012
This name is exponentially more attractive in any other European language where it's pronounced "BEHR-ta". It's a shame it sounds so off-setting and harsh in English, because this name has such a strong meaning/background.
Tiger Lilly  11/28/2013
I tried to like this name, I really did, but I just don't think the English pronunciation of the name sounds attractive what so ever. Whenever I hear this name I picture a VERY overweight woman barreling down the street, or someone yelling "I HAVE GIVEN BIRTH!". My mum and I much prefer the Deutsch pronunciation of the name, but only because that is how my nanny pronounces her name.
The name has a wonderful meaning, but I would NEVER name my child this, maybe for a middle name, but never a first name.
Cosmicdaze  6/20/2014
I think Bertha is a charming and classy name with plenty of wonderful vintage flair. :)
― Anonymous User  12/30/2014
Bertha is my name and I personally think it's a great name... I am pretty sure that the people who are saying it's a bad name they are are not Berthas. Besides, for your own information I am not fat and I am Bertha and I am practically in love with and very proud of my name.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2015
My name is Berta and I pronounce it Behr-ta. I never knew that Germans pronounced it that way, and a like the way it sounds. I was named after my grandmother and I never thought of it as an ugly name until I was growing up and I would hear people pronounce it as Ber-tha or Berda. I started feeling bad about that name and feeling bad about myself because of it. I am not overweight and it's sad the way a name can really affect someone's perception of that person. For the people who do not like that name that is ok. It is not the most beautiful name but I would like people to not judge someone based on a name. You can have the most beautiful name in the world but if you are ugly on the inside then it doesn't really make up for it. So a name is just a name and that's what i'll keep telling myself. My name does not define me. What I do and how I treat people defines me.
Berta  9/25/2015
I don't hate the sound but it's too old fashioned and I can't imagine the teasing.
Thegirl101  3/18/2016
The name Bertha was given to 30 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
I think Bertha is a grand name. Not only beautiful, but grandiose, impressive and sophisticated. I love how it sounds in English, German, French and Spanish. It is an upper class name, difficult to be appreciated by the commoners. (i.e. Bertha is a distinguished name. But Jennifer, for example, is exactly the opposite, vulgar and threshed)

I have known three Berthas. Neither of them are fat and two of them are very pretty women. The meaning of the name is "intelligent" which adds to the beauty of the name.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2016
Bertha Gifford was a farm wife in rural Catawissa, Missouri during the early 1900s who was accused of murdering 17 members of the local community. Some consider her to be America's third female serial killer, behind Lydia Sherman and Jane Toppan.
cutenose  3/1/2017
Bertha is one of the worst names I've ever heard of! It's incredibly ugly.
Katesnames15  4/20/2017

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