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Bernie (girl)

What does Bernie mean?

Bernie Pronunciation of Bernie [bernie] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Bernie) is of Greek origin, and the name Bernie means "victory bringer; strong, brave bear". Bernie is a version of Berenice (Greek): from the male personal name Berenike. Bernie is also a variation of Bernadette (French, Old German): feminine of Bernard. Bernie is also used as a variation of Bernadine (Old French, Old German) and Bernice (Greek).

Associated with: greek, victory, strong, brave.


Bernie has 4 variants: Berna, Bernee, Berni and Berny.

40 more relations via Berenice, Bernadette, Bernadine, Bernice: Barri, Barrie, Benni, Bennie, Benny, Bera, Beranice, Beraniece, Beranyce, Berdine, Bereniece, Berenis, Berenisa, Berenise, Berenyce, Bernadea, Bernadet, Bernadin, Berneece, Berneen, Berneice, Bernelle, Berneta, Bernette, Bernicia, Berniece, Bernina, Bernise, Bernisha, Berniss, Bernita, Bernyce, Berri, Berrie, Berry, Binnie, Bunni, Bunnie, Vernice and Veronike.

1 masculine form: Bernard.

Creative forms:
(female) Benie, Brunie, ..

(male) Berdi, Bersil, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bernie Nathalie (B.N.), ..

How popular is Bernie?

Bernie is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2888 out of 4276, Top 68%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#65133 out of 150436, Top 43%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bernie was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its highest position of #1514 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Bernadette (#1492 a year ago), Berniece, Bernita, Vernice, Bernyce, Bernice, Bernadine, Bera, Bennie, Berenice, Berna, Barrie and Berneice are the popular alternative forms of Bernie. Other forms, like Bernette, are uncommon. These relations of Bernie reached the apex of their popularity in the 1910s (usage of 0.6%) and have become much less common since, with forms such as Vernice going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bernie, Barrie, Bennie, Bera, Berenice in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Berna, Bernadette, Bernadine, Berneice, Bernice in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Barbie, Beatie, Beckie, Bekkie, Bente, Berdie, Beril, Berit, Berree (see Berry), Berrit, Berrte (see Bertha), Berte, Berthe, Berti, Bertie, Bertine, Beryle, Beryn, Bessie, Bethie, Betsie, Bettie, Bevie, Birdie, Bonie, Bonnie, Brani, Breanne, Brenee, Brenie, Brenne, Brie, Bronia, Bronnie, Brynne, Bryonie, Byrdie, Cornie, Dennie, Ferne, Fernlie (see Fernley), Genie, Gennie, Gerie, Gerrie, Gertie, Henie, Hennie, Jeanie, Jenie, Jennie, Jerrie, Kerrie, Leonie, Marnie, Mercie, Merrie, Pennie, Perrie, Renie, Rennie, Teenie, Terie, Terrie, Tiernie, Verdie, Verlie, Verne, Vernie, Vernis and Vernise. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bernie.

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