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What does Barnard mean?

Barnard Pronunciation of Barnard [barnard] as a boys' name means "strong, brave bear". Barnard is a version of Bernard (Old French, Old German).

Associated with: strong, brave, bear.


Barnard has 4 variants: Barnhard, Bearnard, Bernhard and Burnard.

9 more alternative forms via Bernard: Barnardo, Barney, Barnhardo, Barnie, Barny, Bernardo, Bernarr, Bernd and Bernhardo.

Creative forms:
(male) Barnarda, Branard, ..

(female) Barnan, Barner, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barnard Adrian (B.A.), ..

How popular is Barnard?

Barnard is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#1681 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Barnard entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #1922 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Barnard appearing in the Top 2000 are Bernard (#1218 via latest list), Bernardo (#1336), Bernhard, Barnie and Barney. Other forms, like Bernhardo, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Barnard reached its highest 105 years ago (median #1075) and is now significantly less (#1759, down 96.6%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barnard, Barney, Barnie, Bernard, Bernardo, Bernhard in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Baird, Bajardo (see Bayard), Ballard, Banner, Barack, Barbar, Barber, Bard, Barker, Barna, Barnaba, Barnabe, Barnabee, Barnaby, Barnes, Barnet, Barnham (see Barnum), Barni, Barnum, Barr, Barra, Barrt, Barry, Baumar, Bayard, Bayerd, Bernabe, Bernal, Bernald, Bogaard, Bonnar, Bradd, Brainard, Brainerd, Braynard, Burchard, Burford, Burgard, Burgaud (see Burchard), Burnaby, Dainard, Daynard (see Dainard), Derward, Durward, Eadward, Eginard (see Eginhard), Erhard, Evrard, Gardnard (see Gardner), Garnar, Garrard, Gaspard, Girard, Halward, Harford, Harfurd (see Harford), Harvard, Haward, Jarard, Jarrard, Jerard, Kennard, Lenard, Leonard, Mainard, Maynard, Maynhard, Norward, Packard, Raynard, Raynord, Rennard, Reynard, Vernard and Warford. These names tend to be more frequently used than Barnard.

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