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What does Bernice mean?

Bernice [ber-ni-ce] 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.

Associated with: greek, victory, biblical, britain (england), 16th century.


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.

Related girl names: Bertrice and Janice.

Bernice has 10 more alternative forms via Berenice, Binnie, Veronica: Bennie, Benoite, Berenis, Berenisa, Berenise, Bernise, Veranica, Vernicka, Vernika and Veronice.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Bernica, Brynice, ..

(male) Berniley, Bernino, ..

How popular is Bernice?

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 (#108734 out of 150436, Top 72%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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

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

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

Prominent related forms of Bernice ranked in the Top 2000 are Barrie, Bennie, Berenice, Berneice, Bernetta, Bernie, Berniece, Bernita, Bernyce, Bunny, Janice (#1325 via latest list), Vernice, Veronica (#375) and Veronika (#1905). Other variants, like Benoite, are seldom used. These forms of Bernice were popular 6 decades ago (usage of 1.04%) and are now significantly less conventional (usage 0.05%, down 94.7%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bernice, Barrie, Bennie, Berenice, Berneice in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bernetta, Bernie, Berniece, Bernita, Bernyce in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bunny, Janice, Vernice, Veronica, Veronika in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Alanice, Annice, Arnice, Artice, Arzice, Barbie, Beatie, Beatrice, Beckie, Beige, Bendite, Benita, Bente, Berdie, Berdine, Beril, Berit, Berna, Bernadea (see Bernadette), Bernadet (see Bernadette), Bernadine, Berneen (see Bernadine), Berneta, Bernina, Berrit, Berrte (see Bertha), Bertie, Bertilde, Bertina, Bertine, Bertita (see Bertha), Beryle, Bessie, Bettine, Bevie, Beyonce, Birdie, Birdine, Bonie, Bonnie, Branice, Bride, Brie, Cerice, Chanice, Danice, Delice, Denice, Ernice, Eunice, Felice, Glenice, Glennice, Glynice, Jeanice, Jenice, Jeniece, Jennice, Lanice, Lenice, Lennice, Letice, Letrice, Lettice, Marice, Mertice, Myrtice, Nanice, Narice, Nerice, Sherice, Venice, Vennice, Vernie and Vernise. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bernice.