Bernard name meaning

Updated: May 30th, 2024
Gender: Boy
Origin: Old High German and Germanic
Usage: English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian
Pronunciation: pronunciation of Bernard b(e)-rna-rd
Meaning: Brave as a Bear, Bear, Hard and Bärenstarke
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What does Bernard mean?

All time favorite and Loved unisex name Bernard means "Brave as a Bear, Bear, Hard or Bärenstarke" particulary used in Dutch, Italian, English, Norwegian, German, French, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Polish has origin in Old High German and Germanic.

Also Bernard is French equivalent of Bernhard. Bernard is celebrated on August 20th.

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How do I pronounce Bernard?

The most common way to pronounce two syllabled Bernard is b(e)-rna-rd. Some people pronounce it as ber-nard.

Variants of Bernard

Barnard, Benno, Ben, Benito, Bernhard, Berinhart, Berhard, Behn, Benny, Bene, Benon, Bentley, Benton, Benedetto, Benedictus, Benoît, Benedikt, Benedict, Berinhard

Names that rhyme with Bernard

How popular is the name Bernard?

Bernard is a popular name in United States given to over 200066 babies in 218 years. Currently the moniker is on a rise, in 1919, the moniker grabbed the 45th spot and 4506 baby boys were given the name.

In addition to that, the name has been in the top 50 baby names 15 times Also, Bernard is an extremely popular name in France given to over 469340 babies in 131 years.

When at the peak of its usage in 1942, it ranked 3rd when 19828 parents chose the moniker for their baby boys. Moreover, the moniker has been to the top 5 baby names 8 times

Bernard is common in Ireland where over 3989 new-borns have been given the name since 1964.

At present the moniker is on a rise, in 1964, it ranked 33rd when 211 parents chose the moniker for their baby boys. Also, Bernard was a common name in New South Wales.

Over 1114 babies have been named Bernard since 1952. When at its peak in 1953,. After 14 years of usage, the name has fallen out of the charts.

Bernard is a unique baby name in England and Wales, it has been in use since 1996 and was able to reach the top 700 names.

In 1996, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 680 on boy names chart when 31 babies were named Bernard. There are over 526 babies that have been given the name Bernard in England and Wales.

Also, during its short run of just 8 years in Queensland, it had made it to the top 100 names. In 1962, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 78 on boy names chart when 45 babies were named Bernard.

There are over 302 babies that have been given the name Bernard in Queensland.

Bernard is an uncommon baby name in Belgium, even after 23 years of use, it could not make it big.

There are over 237 babies that have been given the name Bernard in Belgium. However things change on global perspective, Bernard is extremely popular in DR Congo where every 1 in 400 have the name.

Also the baby name is popular in Ghana, Philippines, England, Cameroon, Canada, Kenya, Burundi, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia, Benin, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Switzerland, Uganda, Chad, Malaysia, Poland, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Congo, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Netherlands, Guinea, Germany, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Australia and Togo.

At least, 1850000 people around the globe have been given the name as per our estimate.

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Bernard in Nordic countries

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Here's what numbers has to say about Bernard

Taking into consideration your communication skills and charisma, you won't have a problem to attract attention and spread awareness. Harmony and balance matter to you. You pick your friends by their honesty, reliability, and thinking. Forgive in order to receive forgiveness. You allow your past to ruin your present and future because you have a hard time letting go of things. Handling the problems and life situations of others keeps you distracted from your own.

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  •  Brooklynn - Cherished Brooklynns origin is English and Dutch, meaning of Brooklynn is "Water, Stream by the Lake or A Combination of Brook or Lynn" and is commonly used in English is used for both boys and girls
  •  Alida - Principally used in Danish, Norwegian and Greek unfading and lofty, Alida means "Noble, The Element Alaida Which Means Little Winged Girl or Of a Noble Kind" and is bestowed upon baby girls has its origin in Germanic, Latin and Old High German
  •  Andre - Persistent and Commonly Accepted Andre is used particulary in Portuguese, French and Dutch aimed at both sexes. Its origin is in Old Greek, Andre means "The Manly or The Brave"
  •  Casper - Eminent and All time favorite boy name Casper means "Treasurer, Keeper of the Treasurer or Treasure Bearer" which is used specifically in Norwegian, English and Greenlandic is originated from Old Persian language

Sibling Names for Bernard

If you're considering the name Bernard for your baby, you might also be looking for sibling names that complement it. Whether you want to stick with a traditional theme or go for something more modern, we've compiled a list of suggestions that could work well alongside Bernard as a brother or sister's name.

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Famous people named Bernard

  • Bernard of Clairvaux, French abbot and a major leader
  • Bernard of Chartres, twelfth-century French Neo-Platonist philosopher
  • Bernard Accama, 18th-century Dutch historical and portrait painter
  • Bernard Landry, Quebec lawyer, economist, teacher, politician,
  • Bernard Quaritch, German-born British bookseller and collector
  • Bernard O'Higgins, Irish Roman Catholic bishop
  • Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor
  • Bernard T. Feld, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bernard Crick, British political theorist and democratic socialist whose views can be summarised as "politics is ethics done
  • Bernard Tucker, English ornithologist
  • Bernard Frénicle de Bessy, French mathematician born in Paris,
  • Bernard Gui, French inquisitor of the Dominican Order
  • Bernard Szczęsny, activist of the Kashubians and Pomeranians
  • Bernard Cowan, Canadian actor, announcer, voice actor
  • Bernard Leach, British studio potter and art teacher
  • Bernard Wasserstein, historian
  • Bernard Coard, Grenadian politician
  • Bernard Hailstone, English painter, best
  • Bernard Sergent, French ancient historian and comparative mythologist
  • Bernard Palissy, French Huguenot potter
  • Bernard Darwin, golf writer and high-standard amateur golfer
  • Bernard Levin, English journalist, author and broadcaster
  • Bernard Lee, English actor
  • Bernard Castro, inventor of the modern convertible couch
  • Bernard Wrigley, singer, actor and comedian
  • Bernard Pearson, British artist and author best
  • Bernard Darnton, former leader of Libertarianz
  • Bernard Spencer, English poet, translator, and editor
  • Bernard of Septimania, Frankish Duke of Septimania and Count of Barcelona from 826 to 832 and again
  • Bernard Heinze, Australian conductor, academic
  • Bernard Ingham, British journalist and former civil servant
  • Bernard Francis Law, American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Bernard Lewis, British American historian specializing
  • Bernard Katz, German-born Australian physician and biophysicist
  • Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician, logician, philosopher
  • Bernard Lovell, English physicist and radio astronomer
  • Bernard Germain de Lacépède, French naturalist and an active freemason
  • Bernard de Jussieu, French naturalist
  • Bernard Bailyn, American historian, author
  • Bernard Bosanquet, British philosopher and political theorist
  • Bernard Kettlewell, British geneticist
  • Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher
  • Bernard Mandeville, Anglo-Dutch philosopher
  • Bernard A. Harris Jr., Bernard Anthony Harris Jr
  • Bernard Lyot, French astronomer
  • Bernard Loomer, American professor and theologian
  • Bernard Morin, French mathematician, specifically a topologist
  • Bernard Gert, moral philosopher known primarily for his work in normative ethics
  • Bernard Spilsbury, British pathologist
  • Bernard Chazelle, French-American computer scientist
  • Bernard Montgomery, senior British Army officer
  • Bernard Baruch, American financier, stock investor, philanthropist
  • Bernard Bresslaw, English comic actor
  • Bernard Cribbins, English character actor, comedy actor
  • Bernard Hill, English film, stage and television actor
  • Bernard Herrmann, American composer best known for his work
  • Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, French author and an influential member of three of the academies of the Institut de France
  • Bernard Lord, Canadian lawyer
  • Bernard Butler, English musician, songwriter and record producer
  • Bernard Dowiyogo, Nauruan politician
  • Bernard Cornwell, English author of historical novels and a history of the Waterloo Campaign
  • Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, British-born soldier and Victoria Cross recipient
  • Bernard Malamud, American novelist and short story writer
  • Bernard Sumner, English singer, songwriter
  • Bernard Tschumi, architect, writer, and educator
  • Bernard Hinault, Breton former professional cyclist
  • Bernard Kerik, American former police officer
  • Bernard of Saxe-Weimar, German prince and general in the Thirty Years' War
  • Bernard Tapie, French businessman

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