Gender: Feminine
Origin: French

The name is either a modern French form of the Frankish, Berthilde or a derivative of Bertha. Beraht is a Germanic element meaning, “bright.”

As of 2010, Bertille was the 357th most popular female name in France.

The name was borne by three early French saints.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Bertile (French)
  • Bertilla (Italian)
  • Bertila (Spanish)


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “bright; light.”

The name is a modern Icelandic and Faroese form of the Old Norse male name, Bjartr, which comes directly from the word, “bright; light.” The name shares the same etymology with Bjørt, Bertha and Bert.

As of 2010, Bjartur was the 8th most popular male name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Bjarti (Faroese)
  • Bjartur (Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Bjart(e) (Norwegian)
  • Bjerte (Norwegian)
  • Bjartr (Old Norse)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “bright; light.”

The name is derived from an Old Norse word, meaning, (bright; light). In modern Faroese, bjørt is the word for bright or light and björt is its Icelandic cognate, also used as a given name.

The name is borne in Norse Mythology by a handmaiden of Freya.

As of 2010, Bjørt was the 5th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Indian अर्जुन
Meaning: “white; shining; silver.”

The name is a modern transcription of the male Indian name, Arjuna अर्जुन, which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning “white; shining; silver.” It is a cognate with the Latin word argentum.

In Hinduism, it was borne by the greatest warrior and archer on earth, the son of the god Indra and the mortal woman Kunti. His story is reminiscent of the Greek legend of Hercules.

Currently, Arjun is the 639th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

Harjuna/Harjuno/Herjuno (Indonesian/Javanese)
Ranjuna (Malay)
Arjuna अर्जुन (Sanskrit)
Aruccunan அருச்சுனன் (Tamil)
Orachun อรชุน (Thai)




Bertha of Swabia, by Albert Anker 1888

Gender: Feminine
Origin: German
Meaning: “bright.”
Eng (BER-thuh); Germ (BEHR-tah)

The name is derived from the Old Germanic element, beraht, meaning “bright.”

It was borne by an early Germanic goddess of childbearing and weaving, also known as Perchta or Berchta in Southern Germanic dialects.

According to Jacob Grimm and Lotte Motz, Perchta was the Alpine version of Holda (see

As a given name, it was quite common among the Franks, as is demonstrated with Charlemagne’s mother, whose name was Bertha.

As is to be expected, the name does not appear in the U.S. Top 1000. In the latter half of the 20th-century, Bertha has taken on a bad reputation as being the worst name one can give to a daughter. In 1883, however, Bertha was the 7th most popular female name in the United States.

Other forms of the name include:

Behrte (Anglo-Saxon)
Berta (Czech/Estonian/Faroese/Hungarian/Icelandic/Italian/Norwegian/Polish/Slovak/Slovene/Spanish/Swedish)
Berthe (French)
Bertille (French)
Bertilla (Italian)
Bertina (Italian/Hungarian)
Behrta/Perchta (Old German)

    Obscure Italian male forms include, Berto, Bertinello, Bertillo, Bertino, Bertolo and Bertonello.

    Other notable bearers include: St. Bertha of Kent (593-612) known for her Christianization of Anglo-Saxon England; St. Berthe Val d’Or (d.c 690); St. Berthe of Artois (c.725); St. Bertha of Bingen (c. 757); Berthe of Burgundy, Queen of France (c. late 10th-century); Bertha of Swabia, Queen of France (907-966); Berthe of Holland, Queen of France ( 1055-1093); Bertha of Sulzbach, renamed Irene, was a Byzantine Empress and first wife of Manual I Comnenus (1110-1159); Blessed Berta de Bardi (d. 1163); Austrian novelist and pacifist, Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914); First woman Puisne Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, Bertha Wilson (1923-2007).

    The designated name-days are: February 8 (Sweden); May 1 (Germany); May 15 (Poland); July 2 (Slovakia); August 6 (Hungary); August 24 (Estonia); September 23 (Czech Republic)




    Gender: Feminine
    Origin: Lithuanian
    Meaning: “bright; clear; pure.”

    The name is derived from the Lithuanian, skaisti, meaning, “clear, bright; pure.”

    Another form is Skaistuolė, which literally means “virgin” (sky-STWOH-lay)

    The masculine forms are Skaistis and Skaistys.

    The designated name-day is January 22.

    Berthold, Bertil, Bertille

    Origin: French
    Meaning: “bright ruler.”
    (bare-TEEL); (bare-TEEY)

    Bertil is an old French form of Berthold which is of Germanic origins and is composed of the elements beraht meaning “bright” and wald meaning “ruler.” The French feminine form is Bertille and was borne by two early medieval French saints. Bertille’s designated name-day in France is November 6.

    Bertil is also used in Scandinavia. Other forms of the name include:

    • Berthoald (Ancient Germanic)
    • Bertaud (French)
    • Bertoldo (Italian)
    • Bertholdus (Late Latin)
    • Bertoldas (Lithuanian)
    • Bertold (Polish/English/Czech)
    • Bertol’d (Russian/Ukrainian)

    Other feminine forms:

    • Bertola/Bertolda (Italian)
    • Bertilla (Italian/Romansch)


    Origin: German
    Gender: Masculine
    Meaning: “bright angel; bright Angle.”

    The name is either derived from the ancient Germanic elements engel meaning “angel” or angil meaning “Angil”, (an ancient Germanic tribe later known as the Anglos,) and the Germanic beraht meaning “bright.” The name was borne by a medieval German saint, an archbishop of cologne, who was martyred. Other famous bearers of the name include: Count Engelbert 1 of Berg (1160-1189), Engelbert Humberdinck (1892-1934) a German composer best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel. Engelbert Humberdinck (b.1936) is a British pop singer born Gerry Dorsey, who took the stage name of Engelbert Humberdinck in honour of the German composer.

    The name has experienced usage in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, (particularly in the region of Silesia), and Hungary. However, today, the name is extremely rare in all the above mentioned countries, especially in Germany where the name is considered very dated.

    Other forms include the older German forms of Angilberct and Engelbrecht.

    The designate name-day is November 7.