What does Bernard mean?
Three famous medieval saints bore the name: a founder of a monastic order, the patron saint of mountain climbers, and a scholastic philosopher. Brought to England with the Norman Conquest. A native Old English form, Beornheard, was superseded by the Norman form. Fairly common until the 18th century, and revived somewhat around 1920, but now unusual. See also Bjorn. Playwright George Bernard Shaw; statesman Bernard M. Baruch; film director Bernardo Bertolucci; art critic Bernard Berenson; comedian Bernie Mack.
Bernard▼ has 23 variants: Barnard, Barnardo, Barney▼, Barnhard, Barnhardo, Barnie, Barny, Bear, Bearnard, Berend, Bern, Bernardino, Bernardo▼, Bernarr, Bernd, Berndt, Bernhard▼, Bernhardo, Bernie▼, Bernis, Bernt, Burnard and Vernados.
Affiliated boy name: Berry.
Bernard▼ has 1 more relation via Bernie, Bjorn: Berny.more]
How popular is Bernard?
Bernard is a very prominent first name for men (#142 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#864 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Bernard for boys. Bernard reached its apex rank of #47 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Bernard and related names. Barney, Bernardo, Bernhard, Bernie, Berry and Bjorn are the prominent variation forms of Bernard listed in the Top 1000. These forms of Bernard were at the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.42%) and have become less popular since.
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Suggested similar baby names are Bernabe, Bernal, Bernald, Bernhald, Bernold, Brainard, Braynard, Burgard, Derward, Fernald, Fernand, Gerard▼, Gerhard▼, Gerrard, Jerard, Jerrard, Kennard, Lenard▼, Lennard, Leonard▼, Menard, Renard, Rennard, Reynard and Vernard. These names tend to be less frequently used than Bernard.