Derived from the Old Norse garðr, Gerda is a feminine name meaning “enclosure.” In Norse mythology, this is a name of a Scandinavian goddess associated with the earth. It’s also the name of an influential 18th-century Danish illustrator and painter, Gerda Wegner, whose artwork concerning gender and love pushed boundaries at the time. She was brought to reel life by actress Alicia Vikander in the 2015 film The Danish Girl. If you’d like your little one to do their part in making the world a better place, this name will work its magic.
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