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Bernard Sumner was a founding member of the post-punk band, Joy Division, as well as of the New Wave band, New Order. He pronounces it "Ber-nUHd" (the English way) rather than the more French and American way of saying the name, which is, "Ber-nARd."
wildermind  10/20/2019
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This is a rather common name in France, though mostly found on older generations.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2019
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Type of dog breed.
RHAWK3935  4/30/2019
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In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Bernard who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 449th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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Too dated and I always think of a Saint Bernard.
Luvbug86  8/16/2018
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Very old fashioned, and I dislike the nickname Bernie.
kayisforkeen  8/16/2018
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Bernard Lowe is the programmer of the hosts' robotic software in the TV series "Westworld".
― Anonymous User  3/13/2018
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This name reminds me of suntan, like burn red.
Hushpuppy  2/2/2018
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This is my uncle's name. I personally don't like it because it's hideously old fashioned, but it's an okay name for him, because he's Dutch.
― Anonymous User  11/30/2017
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Bernard Chazelle is a French-American computer scientist. He is currently the Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. Much of his work is in computational geometry, where he is known for his study of algorithms, such as linear-time triangulation of a simple polygon, as well as major complexity results, such as lower bound techniques based on discrepancy theory. He is also known for his invention of the soft heap data structure and the most asymptotically efficient known algorithm for finding minimum spanning trees.
lilolaf  2/15/2017
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I agree. It does sounds dorkish. I have never liked it. In England it is a generational name, maybe popular in the 1920's and 1930's (I was named after a naval officer killed in WW2). However, I met an American who pronounced it differently and, like the German and French pronunciations, it sounded much better. Recently I have been using Bern ("burn").
bernlee  10/22/2016
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I feel like Bernard is a dorky sounding name.
firestar11  8/23/2016
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I love this name and it really speaks for itself. I can bear witness with the meaning of this name and as I look forward to celebrating my name on 20th August, I ask you all to be with me and pray for me to live to the proper meaning of my name as Saint Bernard did.
Uncle Ben  7/27/2016
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Birth name of Bernie Calvert, bass guitarist and keyboardist for the Hollies.
SorrySylvester  6/20/2016
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The name Bernard was given to 149 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/18/2016
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I like this name, especially the French pronunciation. It has a strong meaning and feel to it.
Gregory Woodrow  4/12/2016
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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

I really love this name. Like someone said above, it is very comforting. I'd love to have a little boy named Bernie someday.
needcaramel14  4/5/2016
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There's a British show called "Bernard's Watch". It's about a boy named Bernard who owns a magical watch that can stop time.
SH2237  6/4/2015
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Bernard Goldberg is a journalist, political commentator, and author.
Marauder  8/30/2014
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The name Bernard was given to 147 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
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St. Bernard dogs... those big, lovable rescue dogs from the Alps.

St. Bernard Pass in the Alps between Switzerland and Italy.
GibsonGirl  11/2/2011
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Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) was a French painter, etcher, lithographer, designer and occasional sculptor.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2011
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Bernard Berenson (1865-1959) was an American art historian, critic and connoisseur.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2011
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Bernard Butler was the guitarist of the 90s band Suede. He was also in The Tears.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2010
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Bernarda and Bernardica (the latter a diminutive of the former) are Croatian feminine forms of Bernard.
goricar  3/31/2010
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Generally I don't like names like this. I prefer more musical names, but I find Bernard strangely appealing. It sounds like someone's loving and happy grandfather, or maybe father. I somehow have the image of an old-fashioned baker when I hear it: the jolly, round, Santa Claus-type of a man who sneaks extra cookies into bags for kids. A very comfortable name.
britto08  11/21/2009
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Also a boys name in Croatia. Pronounced BER-nahrt. [noted -ed]
goricar  11/15/2009
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Unfortunately, all this name makes me think of is Bernard Madoff. It's not an ugly name it just makes me think of this jail bird.
― Anonymous User  8/16/2009
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Bernard Knox, literary scholar. He wrote prefaces for Fagles' translation of the Iliad and Odyssey.
Athena Nike  8/16/2009
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The name reminds me of an old man. Nicknames could be Barnie, Bern, Nard, Bernie, Barny and Bear.
Alienor  5/29/2009
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1st Viscount Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery of Alamein, a famous and arguably one of the greatest army commanders Britain has ever produced.
Tiger59  4/26/2009
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I like the British pronunciation BURN-ERD.
Daisy Miller  7/29/2008
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I can't say I like the name much. I hate the nickname Bernie, and Bernard sounds too official and snobby, and also old-fashioned. It's the schwa sound that I dislike, I guess.
slight night shiver  5/16/2008
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Bernard Albrecht, a member of Joy Division, and then part of New Order after Joy Division's singer Ian Curtis died in 1980.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2008
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Bernard Schwartz is real name of Hungarian actor Tony Curtis.
Maggie_Simpson  3/25/2008
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Bernard Marx is a character in Aldous Huxley's famous dystopian novel Brave New World. He's one of my favorite characters ever, and I love this name!
― Anonymous User  3/16/2008
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Bernard Cribbins is a English actor who appears on Doctor Who.
Mtbridge  3/11/2008
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Bernard is the name of the head elf at the North Pole in the movie "The Santa Clause" and also the sequel.
Mel_13  12/29/2007
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Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/2/2007
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Bernard Fanning is an Australian singer-songwriter from the band Powderfinger, and also a solo artist.
monsterrah  4/22/2007
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Does anyone know the women name Bernarda? It is not on the list but I think it should be. It is the name of my mother.
katarina ana  2/28/2007
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Bernard Hill plays in Lord of the Rings, The Scorpion King, Titanic, and other movies that I forgot.
melinda1  1/30/2007
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Playwright Bernard Shaw, author of "Pygmalion" and "Saint Joan", among others, is a famous bearer. He also oversaw and assisted with the penning of the script for "My Fair Lady", which is based on "Pygmalion".
― Anonymous User  1/11/2007
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I love the name Bernard, the guy I have a huge crush on in the year above me is called Bernard, and he is a great guitar player, watch out for him when he's famous lol.
llama princess  8/29/2006
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When I was growing up my parents had a friend from France named Bernard. My sister liked him and named a bear she got after him. Recently I've re-discovered this name and am madly in love with it.
Jeana Bradbury  1/18/2006
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I definitely like the English pronunciation better than the American one.
LimbicLove  1/13/2006
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In the Disney movie "The Rescuers" Bernard is a little mouse who sets out to rescue a little girl. He is voiced by Bob Newhart.
breakofday  12/30/2005
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Bernard Herrmann was a composer, best known for his film scores, particularly for those directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He wrote the scores for Citizen Kane, Cape Fear and Taxi Driver as well as for the original radio broadcast of Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds. He also wrote scores for television programs in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest film composers of all time.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2005
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I think it is pronounced BER-nard in England, but Ber-NAHR in America. Can't testify as to how everyone everywhere does it though.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
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I have never heard anyone call Bernard, ber-NAHR in America. It's pronounced BER-nard. Maybe if you had some sort of accent it'd be ber-nahr but I've never heard ber-nahr before.
JellyBee  5/4/2008
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I confirm that in England, Bernard is pronounced BER-nard or in simple speak bern-ed.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2006
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The name Bernard is used in a T.V. show I love called Blackbooks, whose full name is Bernard Black. It's a very funny show. :)
Sneasel  9/3/2005
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Bernard is an old family name from my Mom's side. It has always been pronounced BER-nard rather than ber-NAHD by my family who originate in Yorkshire and Norfolk.
tilly  8/17/2005

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