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Origin and popularity of the name BERTRAM


Bertram : German English (mainly in southeastern Scotland of Norman origin) French and Danish: from the ancient Germanic personal name Bertram composed of the elements berht ‘bright famous’ + hramn ‘raven’. The raven was the bird of Odin king of the gods in ancient Germanic mythology. The personal name was common in France throughout the Middle Ages (especially in the form Bertrand) where its popularity was increased by the fame of the troubadour Bertrand de Born (c. 1140–1214). The name was taken to England by the Normans in the forms Bertran(d) Bertram and Bartram.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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