Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. /bəɹ.ˈnɑɹd/(American English) /ˈbɜː.nəd/(British English) /bɛʁ.naʁ/(French) /ˈbɛr.nɑrt/(Dutch) /ˈbɛr.nart/(Polish, Czech) BEHR-nart(Croatian)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Old German element bern "bear" combined with hart "hard, firm, brave, hardy". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. 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. Other famous bearers include the Irish playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and the British World War II field marshal Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976).

Related Names

Rootsbern + hard/hart
VariantsBerahard, Berenhard, Bernhard(Germanic)
DiminutivesBarney, Bernie, Berny(English)
Feminine FormsBernadine(English) Bernadette, Bernardine(French) Berendina(Dutch) Bernarda(Croatian) Bernarda(Slovene)
Other Languages & CulturesBeñat(Basque) Bernat(Catalan) Bernhard, Bernt(Danish) Bent(Frisian) Bernhard, Benno, Bernd(German) Bernát(Hungarian) Berardo, Bernardo, Bernardino, Dino(Italian) Bernhard, Bernt(Norwegian) Bernuharduz(Old Germanic) Bernardo, Bernardino(Portuguese) Bernardo, Bernardino(Spanish) Bernhard, Bernt(Swedish)
Surname DescendantsBernard, Bernardová(Czech) Bernard(Dutch) Bernard(English) Bernard(French) Bernard(Slovene)


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   serious  

Name Days

Croatia: January 12
Croatia: March 12
Croatia: July 20
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Czechia: August 20
France: August 20
Poland: January 19
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Slovakia: May 20


Vision of St Bernard (of Clairvaux) by Fra Bartolommeo (1504)Vision of St Bernard (of Clairvaux) by Fra Bartolommeo (1504)


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 269.
Entry updated December 7, 2022