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What does Berenice mean?

Berenice Pronunciation of Berenice [berenice] as a girls' name is pronounced behr-a-NEE-see, behr-a-NEECE. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Berenice is "victory bringer". From the male personal name Berenike, which probably originated in the royal house of Macedon. It was introduced to the Egyptian royal house by the widow of one of Alexander the Great's officers, who married Ptolemy I. Biblical: name of an early Christian woman in Acts. The name was adopted by Puritans in the 17th century. See also Bernice.

Associated with: greek, victory, royal (queen), great, biblical, puritans, 17th century.


Berenice has 7 variants: Berenis, Berenisa, Berenise, Bernessa, Bernetta, Bernie and Bernise.

Related girl names: Cleopatra, Nicia, Nike and Veronica.

18 more alternative forms via Bernice: Beranice, Beraniece, Beranyce, Bereniece, Berenyce, Bernee, Berneece, Berneice, Berni, Bernicia, Berniece, Berniss, Bernita, Bernyce, Berrie, Vernice, Veronica and Veronike.

Creative forms:
(female) Berrenice, Brence, ..

(male) Bereniley, Berenine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Berenice Skye (B.S.), ..

How popular is Berenice?

Berenice is a very prominent first name for females (#2019 out of 4276, Top 47%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Berenice reached its peak position of #610 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Berenice name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Berenice outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Berenice appearing in the Top 2000 are Berneice, Bernetta, Bernice, Bernie, Berniece, Bernita, Bernyce, Cleopatra, Vernice and Veronica (#368 last year). Other forms, like Beranyce, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Berenice was more pronounced among parents 105 years ago (average #797) and has become significantly diminished since (#1851, down 92.9%), with versions like Berenice becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Berenice, Berneice, Bernetta, Bernice, Bernie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Berniece, Bernita, Bernyce, Cleopatra, Vernice, Veronica in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Berenice and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aerenne, Arnice, Beatrice, Benedicte, Bennie, Berdie, Berdine, Bernina, Bernisha, Bertie, Bertine, Bertrice, Beyonce, Branca, Brandice, Branice, Brendie, Brenee, Brenie, Brenne, Bronach, Cerice, Denice, Ernice, Glenice, Jeanice, Jenice, Jennice, Jeremie, Lenice, Lennice, Mertice, Nerice, Phenice, Serene, Serenity, Teenie, Terenia, Terenne, Venice, Vennice, Veranica, Verene, Veretie, Vernie, Vernise and Veronice. These names tend to be less commonly used than Berenice.

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