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Gender Feminine
Usage English, Dutch
Pronounced Pron. GUR-trood(English)
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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) Gertrud(Swedish)
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Hamlet and His Mother (Gertrude) by Eugène Delacroix (1830)Hamlet and His Mother (Gertrude) by Eugène Delacroix (1830)


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