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PronouncedPron.BER-TRAHN French
BUR-trənd English

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements beraht meaning "bright" and rand meaning "rim (of a shield)". From an early date it has been confused with BERTRAM and the two names have merged to some degree. A famous bearer was English philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).
Other Languages & CulturesBertram German Bertrando Italian

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 294


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute