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Pronunciation /bɜːrnɑːrd/(US)
/bɛərnəd/, /bɛərnɑːrd/ (UK, the latter esp. Scotland)
French: [bɛʁ.naʁ]
Dutch: [ˈbɛrnɑrt]
Gender Male
Word/name Germanic
Meaning "Strong" or "Brave" as a bear
Region of origin Europe
Other names
Related names Bernie, Barnard, Bearnárd, Bernardo, Beñat, Bernhard, Bernhardt, Bernadette, Berend

The masculine given name Bernard and its variations are of West Germanic origin.[1]

The meaning of the name is from a Germanic compound Bern-hard meaning "bear-hardy/brave/strong", or "hardy/brave/strong as a bear".<refgglta name="ancestry">"Name Meaning and Origin". Retrieved 2013-06-16. </ref> Bern- is the old form of bear, from West Germanic *beran-.[2]

The name was notably popular among Old Frisian speakers, where the most common spelling was Bernhard.[3]


The following people and items share the name Bernard.

Given name





See also


  1. ^ Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980. p. 38, New completed edition by Marie-Thérèse Morlet.
  2. ^ T. F. Hoad, English Etymology, Oxford University Press 1993. p. 36.
  3. ^ Die Kosenamen der Germanen: Eine Studie, Franz Stark, 1868 (German)
  4. ^ Bernard (TV series)
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