Origin of the name BERTHA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BERTHA.
Variant form of Old High German Perahta,
meaning "the bright, the glorious." Usage: America,
England, France, Germany, Italy.
... The name Bertha was,
indeed, very common in France and Germany; and in Dante's time it was so
frequent at Florence, that he places Monna Berta with Ser Martino, as
the chief of the gossips. Since those days it has died away, but
has been revived of late years in the taste for old names;... (History
of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)
Frau. [O. Ger. Perahta,
shining, white; from the same root as the Eng. bright.] In
Germany, an impersonation of the Epiphany, corresponding to the Italian Befana,
variously represented as a gentle white lady who steals softly to
neglected cradles, and rocks them in the absence of careless nurses, and
also as the terror of naughty children. She has, besides, the
oversight of spinners. She is represented as having an immensely
large foot and a long iron nose. The legend concerning her is
mainly of Christian origin, but with some admixture of heathen
elements. [Written also Frau Berchte
and Frau Precht.] (An Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of the
Noted Names of Fiction, Wheeler, 1898)