Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Gertrude f. Old High German, Old Saxon gēr 'spear' + Proto-Germanic *þrūþ 'strength' or Proto-Germanic *trut 'maiden'.

The name of two 7th C saints and a 13th C German saint, a 12th C queen consort of Denmark, a 13th C queen consort of Germany, and a 13th C queen consort and later regent of Hungary.

Brabant
Latin
1312 Gertrudem (acc) JeanIII p. 15, Gertrudis (nom) ibid. p. 15
Czech Republic
Latin
1348 Gedrudi (dat) chlumecky 12; 1349 Gedrudis (gen) ibid. 110
1355 Geruschsa (nom) chlumecky 90
England
Latin
1575 gartrudes (nom) Chst-1 p. 12
Middle English
1434–35 Geretrude EEW p. 103
1430 Troyde EEW p. 84
Early Modern English
1548 Gertrud BarnstapleBap p. 6; 1560 Gartred ibid. p. 11; 1562 Getred OrpingtonKe p. 1; 1563 Gertrude bruton-vol1 p. 33; 1564 Geretrude BarnstapleBap p. 13; 1565/6 Geritrude ibid. p. 14; 1566 Gartrude bruton-vol1 p. 35; 1573 Gartrud ibid. p. 40; 1574 Gartrud ibid. p. 41, Gartrude ibid. p. 41; 1585 Gartrude ibid. p. 46; 1589 Gertrude DEmar-vol2 p. 19; 1592 Gertrude ibid. p. 24; 1596 Geritrude StAnthonlin p. 38
France
Latin
c823 Gertrudis (nom) irminon-vol2 30, Ved; 1135 Geltrude (abl) clairvaux-12thc 7; 1145 Gertrude (abl) ibid. 11; 1147 Geltrude (abl) ibid. 14, Gertrude (abl) ibid. 14, Gertrudi (dat) ibid. 14, Gertrudis (nom) ibid. 14; 1163 Jertrudis (gen) ibid. 99; 1163–64 Gertrude (abl) ibid. 106; 1164 Gertrude (abl) ibid. 120; 1171 Gertrudis (nom) ibid. 140; 1179 Geltrude (abl) ibid. 173, Gertrude (abl) ibid. 172
Germany
Latin
1197 Gertrudis (gen) quix-vol1 83; 1207 Gertrudis (nom) hennes-vol1 8; 1259 Gertrudis (gen) CDL-1.1.1 XXXI; 1342 Gertrudi (dat) UrkHan 6
Early New High German
1360 Gerdruͦt (nom) UrkHess-3 995
Latvia
Latin
1286 Gertrudis (nom) RigSB 5
1299 Gese (nom) RigSB 186
Middle Low German
1451x1453 Gertrud Arbusow p. 89; 1453 Gerdrud ibid. p. 97; 1460x1465 Gerdrut Mettig1892 p. 10; 1461 Gerdrudt ibid. p. 5, Gerdrut ibid. p. 7; 1463 Gerdrut ibid. p. 6; 1464 Gerdrut ibid. p. 11; 1467 Gerdrut ibid. p. 11; 1472 Gedrut ibid. p. 11; 1509 Gerdrut ibid. p. 11
1452 Gerdeke Arbusow p. 97; 1461 Geze Mettig1892 p. 11; 1461x1479 Gese ibid. p. 6; 1463 Gerde Arbusow p. 99; 1470 Geze Mettig1892 p. 11; 1477 Gese ibid. p. 11; 1507 Gese ibid. p. 5; 1510 Gertke ibid. p. 6; 1514 Gerde ibid. p. 6; 1515 Gerde ibid. p. 6, Gherde ibid. p. 4; 1517 Gerde ibid. p. 11; 1522 Gerde Arbusow p. 97; 1523 Gertke ibid. p. 97; 1558 Gerda Arbuzov1920 p. 46; 1582x1594 Gerde ibid. p. 47
Cite as: R. Le Get, J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Gertrude". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Gertrude.