GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Βερενικη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: bər-NEES (English), ber-ə-NEE-see (English), be-re-NEE-che (Italian)  [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Βερενικη (Berenike), the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενικη (Pherenike), which meant "bringing victory" from φερω (phero) "to bring" and νικη (nike) "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty which was originally from Macedon. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament (in most English Bibles it is spelled Bernice) belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II. As an English name, Berenice came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
VARIANTS: Veronica (English), Veronica (Italian), Berenike, Pherenike (Ancient Greek)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Bernice (Biblical), Bernike (Biblical Greek), Bernice (Biblical Latin), Veronika (Bulgarian), Veronika (Croatian), Veronika (Czech), Veronika (Danish), Bérénice, Véronique (French), Veronika (German), Veronika (Hungarian), Veronica (Late Roman), Veronika (Latvian), Veronika (Lithuanian), Veronika (Macedonian), Veronika (Norwegian), Weronika, Wera (Polish), Verônica (Portuguese), Veronica (Romanian), Veronika, Nika (Russian), Veronika (Slovak), Veronika (Slovene), Weronika (Sorbian), Verónica (Spanish), Veronika (Swedish), Veronika (Ukrainian)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017