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What does Berne mean?

Berne Pronunciation of Berne [berne] as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and the name Berne means "bear". Berne is a version of Bern (Old German): also a variant for Bernard.

Associated with: bear.


Berne has 1 variant: Bjorn.

2 more different relations via Bern: Bernie and Berny.

Creative forms:
(male) Berin, Bronne, ..

(female) Berin, Berney, ..

Middle name pairings:
Berne Yael (B.Y.), ..

How popular is Berne?

Berne is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#40335 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Berne (not ranked) are Bernie and Bjorn (#1616 via latest list). Adoption of these forms of Berne was at its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.01%) and has become much reduced since (usage 0.01%, 57%). (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bernie, Bjorn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Berne is alike in pronunciation to Beirne, Biron, Bjorne, Born, Borne, Bourn, Bourne, Burn, Burne, Byrn and Byrne. Other suggested similar names are Aherne, Arne, Barde, Barna, Barnes, Barnet, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barny, Bayne, Beale, Bede, Beebe, Beirney (see Burney), Beirnie, Benne, Bennie, Benno, Benny, Bent, Berend, Berg, Berger, Bergh, Beric, Berk, Berke, Berky, Berl, Berle, Bernabe, Bernal, Bernd, Bernet, Bernis, Bernt, Berry, Bert, Bertel, Bertie, Berto, Birney, Birnie, Birny (see Birney), Blane, Boine, Boyne, Burke, Burnel (see Burnell), Burney, Burnie, Deane, Dene, Heine, Herne, Jerone, Keane, Kearne, Keene, Lorne, Rene, Sterne and Verne. These names tend to be more commonly used than Berne.

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