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What does Bernhard mean?

Bernhard Pronunciation of Bernhard 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


VARIANTS Burnard, Bearnard, Barnhard, Barnard

RELATED FORMS VIA BERNARD Barnardo, Barnhardo, Bernardo, Bernarr, Bernd, Bernhardo



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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, 2018)

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?

Popular varying forms of Bernhard are Bernard (#1151 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Bernardo (#1294) and Barnard. Other forms, like Burnard, are uncommon. These forms of Bernhard were favored as birth names 98 years ago (USAGE OF 0.39%) and have become significantly less widespread since (USAGE 0.02%, 95.7%).

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 sound-alike 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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