The name Truda is a shortened form of the name Gertruda. In Polish the meaning of Truda is ‘spear of strength’. This name is a Polish variant of the first name Gertrud, which is taken from the German language, with roots that mean 'spear' and 'strength'. Gertrud is also seen in Norse mythology. She was a mortal that was turned into a bird, known for her all black feathers and a red mark on her head. There was also a saint with the name, known as Gertrude the Great. There was another St. Gertrude, who is the patron saints of cats. Shakespeare also uses the name in his famous tragedy 'Hamlet'. There are many other variations to this name such as Gert, Gertie, Greta, Trudy and Gertrude.