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PronouncedPron.GUR-trood English
khər-TRUY-də Dutch

Meaning & History

Means "spear of strength", derived from the Germanic elements ger "spear" and thrud "strength". Saint Gertrude the Great was a 13th-century nun and mystic writer. It was probably introduced to England by settlers from the Low Countries in the 15th century. Shakespeare used the name in his play 'Hamlet' (1600) for the mother of the title character. A famous bearer was the American writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946).
VariantsGeertruida, Gertruida Dutch
DiminutivesGertie, Trudi, Trudie, Trudy English Geertje, Gertie, Trudie, Trudy, Truus Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesGeretrudis, Gertrud Ancient Germanic Gertruda Czech Kerttu Finnish Gertraud, Gertrud, Traudl, Trudi German Gertrúd Hungarian Geltrude Italian Gertrūda Lithuanian Trude Norwegian Gertruda Polish Gertrudes Portuguese Gertrúda Slovak Gertrudis Spanish


Hamlet and His Mother (Gertrude) by Eugène Delacroix (1830)Hamlet and His Mother (Gertrude) by Eugène Delacroix (1830)


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Entry updated July 27, 2015   Contribute