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St. Gertrude of Nivelles is the patron saint of cats and those who love them. I think Gertrude is a really beautiful name, and parents shouldn't be afraid of its "ugly" reputation.
Sarah Charlotte  2/3/2005
In the USSR this name could also mean "Hero Of Labour" from the Russian words geroy meaning "hero" and trud meaning "labour".
Catra  3/26/2005
My grandmother Gertrude saved many lives during WWII by participating in the Dutch underground. Our daughter's middle name is Gertrude in honour of my grandmother who I never met. My daughter, now 8, loves the meaning of her name.
gilda-marie  5/4/2005
My only reason for disliking this name is that it reminds me of Hamlet, a play which you could say I dislike, but I agree that parents should not be put of by its 'ugly' reputation.
Gianna  6/6/2005
It's actually nice but most people think of it as an ugly "old lady name". I personally like it but I do NOT recommend it because your child might be teased.
scorpio93  6/11/2005
My grandma's name was "Gertrud", without the "e" at the end. She once told me it means as much as "the one who carries a spear".
Paganqueen  7/16/2005
I started tracing my family tree a couple of months ago and have found 5 Gertrudes up to 1891 but none after that. The last one was known by her middle name, according to my family, this is because she thought it was old fashioned even then. I quite like it though.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2005
This is a lovely archaic name that Shakespeare assigned to Hamlet's incestuous mother, the Queen of Denmark.
Arrows  11/22/2005
Sounds like an ancient grandmother to me. Not a very nice name for a child!
― Anonymous User  1/14/2006
That awful movie, Jersey Girl, had a character named Gertrude.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2006
Gertrude is the name of the mother of Actress/Ambassador Shirley Temple.
Lakota_so_italian  1/24/2006
Dutch pronunciation is kher-TRUY-duh. [noted -ed]
X-Mar  2/21/2006
Ludwig van Beethoven had a pupil named Gertrude, for whom he wrote a piece, which he called "For Gertrude." The other piece he wrote for a pupil is more famous: "For Elizabeth," or "Fur Elise."
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
Gertrude the Bird is a character in the musical Seussical.
SerasVictoria  7/22/2006
This is such a strong, queenly and charming name. I love Gertrude but I like Gertrudis more.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2006
This name is also very rarely a male name. It just barely made the list of top 1000 male names in the United States during the first decade of the 20th century.
FreedomsPaladin  8/7/2006
I guess it could be nice, but so many people think of it as an old lady name, it just gives out that impression. It's not particularly pretty though.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2006
No offence to any Gertrudes, but I don't like this name. It would be a ridiculous thing to call a child, not recommended.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
Awful name, I'm sorry! Lovely meaning, but awful sound.
nothingshortoftragic  12/30/2006
And "old lady name", maybe, but these older women started out as little girls, did they not? And I think that it has a pretty ring to it, although it is not the nicest name.

And shouldn't it be pronounced "GER-trood" or "GER-trood-a" instead of "GUR-trood"? Why do we English speakers slur our vowels so often?

And if you don't like this name for a little girl, use the pet name "Trudy". That way it's not quite so bad.
gaelruadh19  1/17/2007
I personally love the name Gertrude and I'm hoping that in fifteen or so years it won't be considered such an "old lady" name. However, I would still use it if it is considered such, and as the previous poster said, use the nickname Trudy.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2007
I personally love the name Gertrude and I'm hoping that in fifteen or so years it won't be considered such an "old lady" name. However, I would still use it if it is considered such, and as the previous poster said, use the nickname Trudy.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2007
Gertrude Stein (American writer who spent most of her life in France) was a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2007
Ugh! I can't stand that name! I always think of it as a name to use for an unlikeable character in a story, and it seems comical as well because it sounds so old fashioned and ugly. Sorry but it's my least favourite name and if my parents called me that I would never forgive them.
lisa_7  4/11/2007
I love the meaning, but I personally don't like the way the name sounds. I can understand why someone would want this name for their daughter, though. There's so much history behind it.
scarletquillraven  7/5/2007
Well, I personally would never in a million years name my child Gertrude, though I do think the nickname "Gertie" is adorable.
gracielou16  7/13/2007
Gertrude Banda was a famous British/Indonesian spy during the first half of the 20th century. She was a double agent between the British and the Japanese in World War II, and also a spy for the USA (through the British) in the Korean Conflict. She was rumored to be the daughter of Mata Hari.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2007
This is definitely an old lady name, no offense to those Gertrudes out there. I just don't think that a child has to be punished with this name. Again, no offense. This name was mostly used in the early 1900s and should stay that way. Face it : Gertrude is no longer in style, if it ever was. So please; don't burden your precious little girl with this name. She deserves better.
Rowanne  12/3/2007
This is my grandmother's name, Gertrude May (born 1928) and she likes her name and hates nicknames. I don't see why it isn't a perfectly good name for anyone. At least a daughter of today with this name would not be the fifth Jade or Taylor in her class! It was thought a beautiful name before, it could be, again. The "old ladies" who have this name were once cute little girls, and attractive women! In one hundred years people will be saying that Tiffany sounds like an old lady's name. :) It's just a matter of what we're accustomed to hearing.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2008
I actually really like Gertrude. It has a bit of 1920s classy feel to it, and it has, for some I suppose, the connotations of Gertrude Stein. However, I dislike "Trudy."
wordybookworm  1/18/2008
Gertrude is the city of Carvahall's healer in Christopher Paolini's books.
Carriebear_Nocare  1/22/2008
A famous bearer was English actress Gertrude Lawrence (July 4, 1898 - September 6, 1952). She won a Tony Award for her role as Anna Leonowens in the first Broadway production of the popular musical "The King and I" in 1952.
AndrewJKD  3/12/2008
One thing I don't understand is why I don't like this name. It means "spear of strength" (I think spears are cool), and it's the name of Hamlet's mum (Hamlet was a cool play). Those assosiations alone ought to make me think it's cool, but I don't. I agree with everyone who's said they think it's an "old lady name". It IS rather dated, in my opinion.
Pippin  3/15/2008
A famous bearer was American children's author Gertrude Chandler War (April 16, 1890 - August 30, 1979). She is best known as the creator of the Boxcar Children book series, first published in 1942. She wrote a total of 19 Boxcar Children stories. Since her death, more than 120 additional titles have been written.
AndrewJKD  4/14/2008
You won't get compliments from me about this name. The name is old-fashioned, of course, but that's not the worst aspect of it. The name just sounds ugly, and the nicknames Gertie and Trudy are bad. Gertie is too childish for a grown-up, and Trudy sounds like Rudy, which is an ugly name as well.
slight night shiver  4/23/2008
Gertrude is also a French name. It's very rare, however, because many people think it's quite ugly.
Marie-Amelie  5/16/2008
I have to say in comparison to the misused Madison and Kennedy, this name is 'prettier'.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2008
Goddamn, this always reminds me of a cat lady's name. Surprisingly, somebody said a St. Gertrude was a patron saint of cats.
Sandcrawler  6/25/2008
Gertrude is a HIDEOUS name.
yohevid  9/26/2008
It's ugly and old-fashioned, but at least it's not Mildred or Bertha.
bananarama  10/7/2008
This name makes me want to puke it's so ugly.
snickerdoodle  10/16/2008
As well as being a hideous old lady name, it also has the word rude in it.
Hushpuppy  10/27/2008
Gertrude Baniszewski was an Indiana divorcee who murdered Sylvia Likens in 1965.
Joe-Bob-McRobert  11/11/2008
The Italian pronunciation is jehrr-TROO-deh. However it is hardly ever used in Italy.
presentperfect  12/21/2008
A bearer of sorts was Hikaru Sulu's Weeper plant in the Enterprise's botanical garden in Star Trek's first season episode The Man Trap. He called the plant Gertrude but yeoman Rand insisted it was a boy plant ("A girl can tell") and called it Beauregard instead.
nenmo  3/30/2009
It does sound like an "old lady's name", but I still really like it. I love the meaning, and for some reason the pronunciation doesn't bother me. I think it's alright to use it as a character's name.
CanadianChibi  4/18/2009
This was the name of the little girl in Jersey Girl.
Carolyna  4/29/2009
Gertrude Jekyll (born 29 November 1843 – died 8 December 1932) was a British gardener and a very important horticultural influence of the latter 19th century and early 20th century. :) A great gardener.
walesgal92  5/2/2009
Listen to the German pronunciation of Gertrude here:
_satu_  5/11/2009
Gertrude has been considered an "old ladies' name" for as long as I've been alive (56 yrs). Of course, the names that were popular when I was a child (Karen, Carol, Linda) are rapidly turning into "old lady names" in their own right. Name trackers have noted that many an old fashioned name has made a comeback in recent decades (Emma, Emily), but the savviest commentators have noted that these are "vowel rich" names whereas "Gertrude" is heavy with consonants. This tendency would likely work against Mildred, say, as well. Someone above pointed out that Gertrude "contains" the word "rude," and therefore has negative connotations. Etymologically, of course, it has nothing to do with "rudeness," but we're talking subjective impressions. Doesn't help that Mildred "contains" the word "dread" either, I suppose.

BTW, Drew Barrymore's character in ET was called "Gertie," but it wasn't clear what her actual given name was. It could have been an "off-the-wall" nickname for all we know.
gbcallahan  6/29/2009
The German pronunciation is ger-TROO-də. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
I don't like this. Not nice at all on young girls.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2009
Yes, it's hideous. Makes me think of a squawking bird.
slyboots  11/15/2009
I personally love this name and might use it as a middle name for a daughter, if I ever have one. :)
― Anonymous User  1/12/2010
Ewwww, it's seriously ugly! It's a name for a pig not a girl! The 'Gert' in it is so unfeminine and horrible! I feel ill when I hear this name!
― Anonymous User  1/26/2010
A hideous old-woman name. The nickname Gertie only makes it worse. It makes me think of a tall, lanky woman in her seventies with dirty, stringy hair and a bad attitude.
Black_X  5/5/2010
Gertrude Baniszewski, the psychopathic divorcee who mercilessly tortured Sylvia and Jenny Likens and eventually killed Sylvia, has ruined this name for me. A thrice divorced mother who encouraged neighborhood children to participate in the torture of these two sisters in her care. May the Likens family not have suffered in vain.
gaelruadh19  6/8/2010
One of my clients had a pug named Gertrude, so this is what I automatically think about when I hear the name... pugs.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2010
For some reason, I find myself really liking this name. I don't love it enough to give my daughter this name, but my mum did say that she could picture me with a daughter called Gertrude. I can see why some people don't like the name, and I totally respect that. The meaning is strong and cool as well.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2010
I used to despise this name and I thought it was hideous. But now, it has really grown on me and I find it attractive. I hope society changes its mind like I did.
AmericaSpainGermany  4/14/2011
This is not my favorite name. I don't really even know why; I just can't stand the way it looks or sounds. I especially dislike the nickname Gertie.
Joy12  4/17/2011
While I wouldn't use it on a person, I wouldn't mind using Gertrude as a name for a character in a story. My friend has a crocheted octopus named Gertrude Bubbles.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2011
Arrghh! This is the worst name you could possibly give your adorable, sweet baby daughter. If I'd been a girl and my parents had called me that, I'd have illegally changed my name. It sounds like a vomiting noise. Like someone else pointed out, the old-fashioned names make comebacks tend to have lots of vowels, and Gertrude has mostly consonants. To any parent considering this name: Its days are LONG over. It's hard to believe that this name was popular enough back in the day to be considered an old lady name now. Just don't. Name your kid Apple instead, I'm serious.
MonsterGrapefruit  5/22/2011
One of the top funniest names ever. Sounds granny and old fashioned. There are so many ridiculous names out there and they all give me the same impression: UGLINESS.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/6/2011
In recent years, the (Low) German and Frisian short forms Gesa, Gesine and Gesina are slowly being "rediscovered" in Germany.
Especially Gesa is not a stranger anymore in Northern German maternity wards.
― Anonymous User  7/21/2011
I don't really like names that begin with the hard "g" sound. It just sounds weird.
bedamijo  11/13/2011
This name reminds me of a parrot.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2011
I really hate this name. It sounds so ugly.
Kinola  4/17/2012
Wow, so much hate for this name. I expected some dislike for it, but not this much. I think it is a nice classic, but will probably never come back into fashion. I do like the nickname Trudy though.
Marilyn86  7/30/2012
The funniest name ever.
iLikeEggs  8/31/2012
"þruþ/þryþ" strength is merely the OE from of the word (OE y representing /y/, the i-umlaut of u), not the ancient Germanic, which would be closer to "truuitho". The word is an adjectival substantive based on the root of "true" in the earliest sense of "firm, solid, strong", just as "truth" is a later formation from "true" in the derived senses "faithful, honest, reliable). The OE form þruþ is anomalous, perhaps influenced in sense and form by þrym "crowd, host, multitude, force", but corresponds well with High German drude "witch", and Romance forms drudo/druda "sweetheart", where the semantic development seems to be "covenant>marriage>spouse>sweetheart>hussy>(euphemistically?)witch", but sparse documentation of the vernacular on the continent prior the the 13th C makes reliable connection difficult.
thegriffon  11/30/2012
In Italy Gertrude is the name of one of Cinderella's half-sister, maybe it's for this reason that in our country is so rare!
Eretria  1/21/2013
This is a strong, lovely name. I'm not sure whether I'd be brave enough to use it for my own child, but I can see it as a name for a little girl today.
autumn23  3/31/2013
This name is no longer used in its home country Germany. Most people connect this name to old ladies and not to babies. It has no good sound either, not in German and not in English, I think it would be a bad thing to give it to a child. Not even the Nickname "Gertie" is positive because it means literally something like "spear-y, shaft-y, lance-y". The other possible Nickname "Trudi" sounds like someone rather simple.. I think there are so many nicer names available which could be used. Gertrude is definitely not a name which needs to be resurrected!
ms. c  7/30/2013
This was about to be my cousins name! I'm so glad my aunt changed it to Ella because I hate this name and I would NEVER name my daughter this, she'll get teased! I'm so happy her name was changed to Ella! This name sounds funny to me.
arianagrandelover1  9/6/2014
I'm sorry, but this is one of the harshest feminine names out there - definitely among the Top 5 Harshest used in Anglophone countries. I've had people tell me that Constance (one of my longtime favorites) has a harsh sound, but she has *nothing* on Gertrude! It's just so... guttural.

As far as images of the name go? The only Gertrude I know goes by "Gert"... and she's my stepsister and stepbrother's tiny ninety-three-year-old grandmother from Germany. Then again, her real name might actually be Gertraud...
erb816  9/30/2014
Err... It's hard to believe it was ever popular.. ever!
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
Potential nicknames for Gertrude: Gertie/Gert, Trudy, Trude, True/Tru, Rue, Gesa/Gesine/Gesina, Gerry/Geri, Gigi.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2015
In Slovenian language Gertrude is spelled Jedrt.
jkoman  7/15/2015
I personally love the name Gertrude. It's not my name nor am I old, if you were wondering. I genuinely love this name! I think it's cute. :3.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2015
I can honestly imagine a 'Gertrude' and a 'Prudence' as friends. Two of my least favorite names...
― Anonymous User  12/1/2015
I personally hate this name. It's all opinions, so, if you like it, hey. I don't agree, but that doesn't mean anything. To me it sounds like an ill old lady. Maybe nice, I may get that impression, but I DO NOT LIKE IT.
Fox_Rock1  1/21/2016
The name Gertrude was given to 26 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
All these people saying how unfeminine Gertrude is... as if girls and their names have to be feminine. Definitely no gender role interference here. I think Gertrude, along with Mildred and Olga, is cute and spunky. Names rarely provoke as much teasing as so many commenters seem to think.
Ulalume  6/28/2016
Not a favorite of mine but I adore the shortened name Gertie (Makes me think of Elliot's sister in ET)
Mr.Cheese  7/11/2016
Rough and ugly name in my opinion.
Luvbug86  9/18/2016
My birth certificate omitted the first "r", so I was actually called GETRUDE as a first name. I was teased throughout my childhood and I hated it. So in addition to being a victim of racism I had quite THE name. I HATED myself and felt unloved. I proposed to get it removed as soon as I could legally do so. But after learning the meaning I LOVE IT both the dutch and Russian meanings- that's all I want to be called now.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2017
Despite its harsh sound, I have always liked the English pronunciation of Gertrude. It has a regal air about it, and Trudy is a nifty little nickname. That said, (in the US, at least) it's very much dated to a certain time period and is therefore considered "matronly." The German pronunciation is much softer and SO lovely. (But come to think of it, everything sounds better in German!)
Ruta Graveolens  6/27/2017
My husband thinks this name is very "country". My first impression is that it isn't very pretty.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2017
I have no idea what the reasoning is behind "old woman name" complaints; everyone was born sometime. Personally, I can totally see the name on an eight year old girl.
molten-salty  9/3/2017
Why does everyone think it's ugly? How can you say that it sounds like a vomiting noise?! Why the hell would it not be feminine? It may be an ancient name, but I still see it on a little girl and not on an old woman. In my opinion is a marvelous name. It has a beautiful meaning. I like Gertrud too. They sound like a powerful, royal and proud woman, like a queen. The consonants in them have a strong sound which I really like. However, I dislike Trudy. I prefer Gert as a nickname.
SilverSatan  5/19/2018

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