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Meaning and Name Origin

Bernice \b(e)-rni-ce, ber-nice\ as a girls' name is pronounced ber-NEECE. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Bernice is "victory bringer". Short form of Berenice and from the same root as Veronica. A biblical name that first occurred in Britain in the 16th century. Binnie is the pet form.


Bernice has 38 variants: Barri, Barrie, Barry, Benni, Beranice, Beraniece, Beranyce, Berenice, Bereniece, Berenyce, Bernee, Berneece, Berneice, Bernelle, Bernetta, Bernette, Berni, Bernicia, Bernie, Berniece, Bernisha, Berniss, Bernita, Berny, Bernyce, Berri, Berrie, Berry, Binnie, Bunni, Bunnie, Bunny, Nixie, Vernice, Veronica, Veronika, Veronike and Veronique.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Bertrice and Janice.

Bernice has 37 more alternative forms via Berenice, Binnie, Veronica: Bennie, Benny, Benoite, Berenis, Berenisa, Berenise, Bernessa, Bernise, Binny, Rana, Ranna, Roni, Ronica, Ronika, Ronna, Ronnee, Ronni, Ronnica, Ronnie, Ronny, Veera, Veira, Vera, Veranica, Veranique, Verinique, Vernicka, Vernika, Verohnica, Verohnicca, Verona, Veronice, Veronicka, Veroniqua, Veronka, Veronqua and Vonnie.


Bernice is a very popular first name for women (#172 out of 4276, Top 4%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#75005 out of 88799, Top 84%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Bernice for girls. Bernice reached its top rank of #42 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bernice name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Bernice and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Bernice ranked in the Top 1000 are Bennie, Berenice, Berneice, Berniece, Bernita, Janice, Roni, Ronna, Ronnie, Vera (#367 a year ago), Vernice, Verona, Veronica (#375) and Vonnie. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 and are now significantly less widespread, with versions such as Janice, Ronnie, Vernice, Verona and Veronica becoming somewhat dated. Vera (#367) is the most trendy baby name here, with this name going through a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bennie, Berenice, Berneice, Bernice, Berniece, Bernita, Janice, Roni, Ronna, Ronnie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Vera, Vernice, Verona, Veronica, Vonnie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Branice. This name tends to be less frequently used than Bernice.