1835–45; named after Bertha (died a.d. 783), wife of Frankish king Pepin the Short; she was famed for her modesty Unabridged


a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning “bright.” Unabridged
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bertha (ˈbɜːθə)
a wide deep capelike collar, often of lace, usually to cover up a low neckline
[C19: from French berthe, from Berthe, 8th-century Frankish queen, mother of Charlemagne]

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Word Origin & History

fem. proper name, from O.H.G. Berahta, Perahta, the name of a goddess, lit. "the bright one," from O.H.G. beraht, related to O.E. beorht (see bright). Soldiers' nickname Big Bertha for large-bore Ger. mortar of World War I is a reference to Frau Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und
Halbach, owner of Krupp steel works 1903-43.
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