Bernard - boys name

Bernard name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 84%

Bernard name meaning:

The name Bernard is of Germanic origin and holds a rich history and meaning. It is derived from the Germanic elements "bernhard" which means "bear" and "hard" which means "brave" or "strong." Therefore, the name Bernard can be interpreted as "brave as a bear" or "strong bear."

The bear is often associated with qualities such as power, protection, and courage. As such, the name Bernard carries connotations of bravery, strength, and resilience. People named Bernard are often seen as dependable and reliable individuals who possess the determination and fortitude to overcome challenges. They are known for their loyalty, courage, and strong-willed nature.

Moreover, the name Bernard has been used widely throughout history and has been borne by several notable figures. This includes Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a prominent French abbot and theologian, as well as various kings and nobles across Europe. Overall, the name Bernard represents a strong and fearless persona, making it a timeless and meaningful choice for a baby boy.

Origin: German

Grim bear.


Saints names, Victorian names

Related names

Bernard , Barnard, Barnardel, Barnardo, Barnet, Barney , Barnhard, Barnhardo, Barnie , Barny, Bearnard, Bemelle, Berdine, Bern, Bernadea, Bernadette , Bernadina, Bernadine, Bernarda, Bernardas, Bernardin, Bernardina, Bernardine, Bernardino, Berne, Berneen, Bernelle, Bernetta, Bernette, Bernhard, Bernhardo, Bernie , Bernita, Berny, Burnard, Burnell, Nardo

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Overall UK ranking: 790 out of 4789

41 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (1265)

Historical popularity of Bernard

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