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Gender Feminine
Scripts Βερενίκη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. bər-NEES(English)
behr-ə-NIE-see(English)
behr-ə-NEE-see(English)
beh-reh-NEE-cheh(Italian)
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Meaning & History

Latinized form of Βερενίκη (Berenike), the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενίκη (Pherenike), which meant "bringing victory" from φέρω (phero) meaning "to bring" and νίκη (nike) meaning "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty that 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.

Related Names

VariantsVeronica(English) Veronica(Italian) Berenike, Pherenike(Ancient Greek)
Other Languages & CulturesBernice(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)
Same SpellingBérénice

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France: October 4 (as Bérénice)

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