Name: Gerda

Origin and Meaning of the Name Gerda

  • Meaning:
    Twig; strong with the spear
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    (GER dah); (GAYR dah)
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    African and English speaking countries
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    Gerda is both used as an independant given name and as a nickname for Gerarda. The latter is derived from the Germanic elements 'ger', 'spear' and 'hard', 'strong'. As an independant given name Gerda could either be derived from the Germanic 'gard', 'twig' or 'slim as a twig' or the Old Norse 'gardr', 'protected'.
    In Germanic, Norse mythology Gerda was the wife of the vertility god Freyr. It is also the name of the heroine in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "the Snow Queen".

    Gerda is also a name from the Hausa language meaning "snake-charmer."

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