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What does Bernhard mean?

Bernhard Pronunciation of Bernhard [bern-hard] as a boys' name. The name Bernhard means "strong, brave bear". Bernhard is an alternate spelling of Bernard (Old French, Old German).

Associated with: strong, brave, bear.


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

6 more related forms via Bernard: Barnardo, Barnhardo, Bernardo, Bernarr, Bernd and Bernhardo.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Bernhard Magnus (B.M.), ..

How popular is Bernhard?

Bernhard is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#8488 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bernhard reached its apex rank of #847 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Bernhard are Bernard (#1218 in recent rankings), Bernardo (#1336) and Barnard. Other forms, like Burnard, are uncommon. These forms of Bernhard were favored as birth names 95 years ago (usage of 0.39%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.01%, 96.2%).

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Archard, Barnham (see Barnum), Bernabe, Bernal, Bernald, Bernardino, Bernhald (see Bernal), Bernhold, Bernold (see Bernal), Berthold, Berthoud, Bertrand, Brainard, Braynard, Brevard, Burchard, Burgard, Burkhart, Dainhard (see Dainard), Derward, Eberhard, Eginhard, Einhard, Erhard, Fernald, Fernand, Fernham (see Farnham), Gerard, Gerhard, Gerhardt, Gerhart, Gerrard, Hereward, Jerard, Jerrard, Kennard, Kenward, Lenard, Lennard, Leonard, Leonhard, Maynhard, Meinhard, Meinhardt, Menard, Rainhard, Reinhard, Reinhardt, Reinhart, Renard, Rennard, Reynard, Vernard, Wernhar (see Werner) and Wernher. These names tend to be more frequently used than Bernhard.

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