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What does Bernadine mean?

Bernadine Pronunciation of Bernadine [berna-dine] as a girls' name is pronounced ber-na-DEEN, BER-na-deen. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Bernadine is "strong, brave bear". Feminine of Bernard.

Associated with: strong, brave.


Bernadine has 5 variants: Benni, Berdine, Bernardina, Berneen and Bernie.

Affiliated girl names: Birdena and Bernadette.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Bernadine?

Bernadine is a very popular first name for women (#725 out of 4276, Top 17%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Bernadine reached its peak rank of #287 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Bernadette (#1492 via latest list), Bernie and Bernard are the prominent variation forms of Bernadine listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Bernadine were favored as birth names 95 years ago (average #987) and are now significantly less popular, with versions such as Bernadette falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bernadine, Bernadette, Bernard, Bernie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bernadine is pronounced similarly to Bernadeena, Bernadene, Bernadin, Bernadina and Bernadyna. Other suggested similar names are Bendite, Beranice, Berdie, Bernadea (see Bernadette), Bernadet (see Bernadette), Bernadett, Bernadetta, Bernadotte, Bernaetta (see Bernadette), Bernardine, Berneice, Bernette, Bernice, Bernina, Bernise, Bernita, Bertine, Birdine, Blandine, Bradie, Brandice, Brandie, Brandin, Brandise, Branndie (see Brandy), Brendie, Ernaline, Fernandina, Fernandine (see Fernanda), Geradine, Geraldine, Gerardine, Gerdine, Germaine, Jeraine, Jeraldine, Leraine and Serafine. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bernadine.

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