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What does Bern mean?

Bern Pronunciation of Bern [bern] as a boys' name is pronounced byrn. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Bern is "bear". Also a nickname for Bernard.

Associated with: bear.


Bern has 4 variants: Berne, Bernie, Berny and Bjorn.

10 more different relations via Bernard: Barney, Barnie, Barny, Bear, Berend, Bernarr, Bernd, Berndt, Bernis and Bernt.

Creative forms:
(male) Bernne, Bernno, ..

(female) Bernna, Bernni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bern Jadiel (B.J.), ..

How popular is Bern?

Bern is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#29181 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Barney, Barnie, Bear (#1307 from recent data), Bernard (#1218), Bernie and Bjorn (#1616) are the prominent related forms of Bern (unlisted) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Bern were at the top of their popularity in the 1910s (adoption of 0.43%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.02%, 95%), with versions such as Bernie becoming less in vogue. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Barney, Barnie, Bear, Bernard, Bernie, Bjorn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Bern is alike in pronunciation to Beirne, Biron, Bjorne, Born, Borne, Bourn, Bourne, Buiron, Burn, Burne, Byrn and Byrne. Other suggested similar names are Barna, Barni, Baron, Ben, Benn, Berg, Berk, Berl, Bert, Berwin, Berwyn, Beyren, Beyron, Biren, Birny (see Birney), Bran, Bren, Brenn, Bron, Bryn, Byran, Byren, Byron, Hern, Kern, Tern and Vern. These names tend to be more commonly used than Bern.

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