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ScriptsΒερενικη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.bər-NEES English
ber-ə-NEE-see English
be-re-NEE-che Italian

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.
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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