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Bernard Surname History

The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard.

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Famous People named Bernard

This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), an Irish playwright and essayist.

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Bernard Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

Germany, German

Bernard Meaning & Etymology

Derived from the Germanic element bern "bear" combined with hard "brave, hardy".

Bernard Life Expectancy

According to our database of 13,132 people with the last name Bernard that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy

70.3
years

Most Common Bernard First Names

According to our database of 53,142 people with the last name Bernard that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • Jean 6.3%
  • Marie 5.3%
  • Joseph 4.0%
  • Pierre 2.9%
  • Claude 2.5%
  • Louis 2.1%
  • Jeanne 2.0%
  • Antoine 1.9%
  • François 1.4%
  • Charles 1.2%
  • John 1.0%
  • Claudine 0.9%
  • Marguerite 0.9%
  • Jacques 0.8%
  • Jan 0.8%
  • Paul 0.7%
  • Louise 0.7%
  • William 0.7%
  • Françoise 0.7%
  • Mary 0.7%
  • Andries 0.7%
  • Benoit 0.7%
  • Anne 0.6%
  • Catherine 0.6%
  • Maria 0.6%
  • Anna 0.6%
  • Robert 0.5%
  • Johannes 0.5%
  • George 0.5%
  • Elisabeth 0.5%
  • Antoinette 0.5%
  • Etienne 0.5%
  • James 0.5%
  • Michel 0.5%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Fran‡ois 0.4%
  • André 0.4%
  • Wilhelmina 0.4%
  • Edward 0.4%
  • Henri 0.4%
  • Jules 0.4%
  • Pieter 0.4%
  • Victor 0.3%
  • Henry 0.3%
  • Emile 0.3%
  • Auguste 0.3%
  • Johanna 0.3%
  • Elizabeth 0.3%
  • Benoite 0.3%
  • Thomas 0.3%

Bernard Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

Related Names VARIANTS: Berinhard, Bernhard (Ancient Germanic) DIMINUTIVES: Barney, Bernie, Berny (English) FEMININE FORMS: Bernadette, Bernadine (English), Bernadette, Bernardine (French), Bernarda (Croatian), Bernarda (Slovene) OTHER LANGUAGES: Beñat (Basque), Bernat (Catalan), Bernhard, Bernt (Danish), Bernhard, Ben (Dutch), Bent (Frisian), Bernhard, Bernd (German), Bernát (Hungarian), Bernardo, Bernardino, Dino (Italian), Bernhard, Bernt (Norwegian), Bernardo, Bernardino (Portuguese), Bernardo, Bernardino (Spanish), Bernhard, Bernt (Swedish)

Last names similar to Bernard

Bérnard, Bernard1, Bernarda, Bernardacotto, Bernarda De Mayorgue, Bernardah, Bernardain, Bernardais, Bernardaki, Bernardakis, BernardAL, Bernard Allier, Bernardanthony, Bernardara, Bernardaro, Bernardarosario, Bernardasci, Bernardasei, Bernardat, Bernardate